October 19, 2003

A Site to See... If You Can Bear It.

Those who would argue that we can make our peace with Totalitarian states or institutions, must first answer the evidence found at:Freedom, Democide, War.

This morally staggering collection of the evidence, photographic and otherwise, for 174,000,000 deaths at the hands of state power should give pause to the most committed of appeasers among us. At the same time, it will give a hope tempered by evidence and experience, to those who believe that Freedom is the only path to a lasting peace on the earth.

The premise of this site is:

It is true that democratic freedom is an engine of national and individual wealth and prosperity. Hardly known, however, is that freedom also saves millions of lives from famine, disease, war, collective violence, and democide (genocide and mass murder). That is, the more freedom, the greater the human security and the less the violence. Conversely, the more power governments have, the more human insecurity and violence. In short: to our realization that power impoverishes we must also add that power kills.

Through theoretical analysis, historical case studies, empirical data, and quantitative analyses, this web site shows that:

# Freedom is a basic human right recognized by the United Nations and international treaties, and is the heart of social justice.

# Freedom is an engine of economic and human development, and scientific and technological advancement.

# Freedom ameliorates the problem of mass poverty.

# Free people do not suffer from and never have had famines, and by theory, should not. Freedom is therefore a solution to hunger and famine.

# Free people have the least internal violence, turmoil, and political instability.

# Free people have virtually no government genocide and mass murder, and for good theoretical reasons. Freedom is therefore a solution to genocide and mass murder; the only practical means of making sure that "Never again!"

# Free people do not make war on each other, and the greater the freedom within two nations, the less violence between them.

# Freedom is a method of nonviolence--the most peaceful nations are those whose people are free.

To see what occurs when nations are not free, take a sobering tour of the picture galleries.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 19, 2003 7:57 PM
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