Power Kills: Democracy As a Method of Nonviolence

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Transaction Publishers, 1. 11. 2002 - Počet stran: 246

This volume, newly published in paperback, is part of a comprehensive effort by R. J. Rummel to understand and place in historical perspective the entire subject of genocide and mass murder, or what he calls democide. It is the fifth in a series of volumes in which he offers a detailed analysis of the 120,000,000 people killed as a result of government action or direct intervention. In Power Kills, Rummel offers a realistic and practical solution to war, democide, and other collective violence. As he states it, "The solution...is to foster democratic freedom and to democratize coercive power and force. That is, mass killing and mass murder carried out by government is a result of indiscriminate, irresponsible Power at the center." Rummel observes that well-established democracies do not make war on and rarely commit lesser violence against each other. The more democratic two nations are, the less likely is war or smaller-scale violence between them. The more democratic a nation is, the less severe its overall foreign violence, the less likely it will have domestic collective violence, and the less its democide. Rummel argues that the evidence supports overwhelmingly the most important fact of our time: democracy is a method of nonviolence.

 

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Introduction
2
Introduction to Part I
24
No War between Democracies
26
Democracy Limits Bilateral Violence
52
Democracies are Least Warlike
64
Democracies are Most Internally Peaceful
86
Democracies Dont Murder Their Citizens
92
Introduction to Part II
102
FirstLevel Explanation The Peoples Will
130
SecondLevel Explanation CrossPressures Exchange Culture and InGroup Perception
138
ThirdLevel Explanation I Social Field and Freedom
154
ThirdLevel Explanation II Antifield and Power
192
Power Kills
204
References
214
Name Index
232
Subject Index
238

A New Fact?
104
What is to be Explained?
118

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Strana 11 - understanding the sources of democratic peace can have the effect of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Social scientists sometimes create reality as well as analyze it. Insofar as norms do guide behavior, repeating those norms helps to make them effective. Repeating the norms as descriptive principles can help to make them true.

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