Friday, February 04, 2005

Surprise, surprise, Nepal cracks down as king assumes total power.

Three days after Nepal's King Gyanendra assumed direct powers in the Himalayan kingdom, reports trickled in Friday of a severe clampdown on all voices of dissent. India's Hindustan Times quoted sources in Kathmandu as saying that helicopters from the Royal Nepal Army (RNA) had fired on student protesters in the town of Pokhra soon after King Gyanendra dismissed the government of Sher Bahadur Deuba on Tuesday. ... Nepal's Foreign Ministry has warned that anyone who defied a six-month ban on publication of news, views and articles related to acts of terrorism would be punished. Armed troops were stationed at television stations, NDTV correspondents reported, while army officers were checking all articles at newspaper offices.

From the Khaleej Times.

I don't how many of you have heard of the Theory of Democratic Peace, well, it goes something like this: "democracies do not (or virtually never) make war on each other; the more democratic two regimes, the less likely violence between them; the more democratic a regime, the less its overall foreign violence; and the more democratic a regime, the less its genocide and mass murder." And the nice thing about this theory is that it is supported in practice as well:



This is from Rudolph J. Rummel, a professor at the University of Hawaii, who researches death by government and has an amazing website filled with many of his books and more facts about death than you would ever want to know. He has a book about each of the regimes that killed more than 10,000,000: the Soviet Union, communist and Nationalist China, Nazi Germany, as well as other books about the not-quite-so-megamurderers. Rummel uses the term democide to cover genocide, politicide, massacres, extrajudicial killings, and other forms of mass murders. A review of the 20th century:



And guess what he found to be empirically true? That governments have killed 170,000,000 people this century alone, more than four times the number of people killed in all of this century's armed conflict. Namely, he proved empirically that: power kills, and absolute power kills absolutely. And you thought corruption was bad.



Did i mention he was one of five finalists for the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize.

UPDATE: I added the definition of democide, thanks Adam.

1 comment:

Adam Scavone said...

If you're wondering what the heck democide is..