Sovereignty and Human Rights: A Theory of International Justice
“Democide” derives from the Greek and Latin words d’Tmos (people) and caedere (to kill), respectively. It refers to acts of intentional killing of unarmed people by the government or, in other words, state-sponsored acts of cold-blooded mass murder. While armed conflicts during the twentieth century have claimed approximately 35 million human lives, the number of people killed by their own governments in acts of democide, however, is estimated at 150-170 million. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquent,” as George Washington once cautioned, “it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” This begs the question of what recourse do the people have when the institution of the state, responsible for protecting them against both internal and external threats, itself becomes the greatest threat to their self-preservation?
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2007
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