Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in the world. The primary cause of dying among young people in the industrialized nations is traffic accidents; in 2020 one of the leading causes of death globally was accidents, five million fatalities and a quarter of them in traffic mishaps compared to about three million deaths in 2020 from Covid. Of the leading causes of death globally in 2021, nine out of the top ten were attached in some manner to the modern metabolic cascade of diseases. The greatest violations to present global human rights on a yearly bases is private crime – homicide. Much of it against children, the old and women, mostly perpetrated by men. The rates of private crime in the world far out shadows much political misery and especially in the democracies. Genocide of historical portions – in fact what gave birth to the word invented by Raphael Lemkin – was executed in a modern sense in Hitler’s National-Socialist Germany where six million Jews were murdered. Nations which recently have committed this crime are: Japan, killing 300,000 Chinese at Nanking, Russia, seven million in the Ukraine, Cambodia, two million city dwellers, Turkey, 1.5 million Christian Armenians, Bosnia, 200,000 Muslims, Rwanda, 800,000 Tutsis and the Darfur region in Sudan, 450,000 non-Arabs; however the crime itself is as old as civilization.

Politicide is the deliberate murder of a group who belong to a political movement. Khomeini’s Iran for instance killed as many Communists as it could arrest (after promising them in a formal alliance that communism would be legalized after the revolution). Democide is the murder of any person by the state, including genocide, politicide and mass murder. More people last century were killed by the state, (democide), than died of lung cancer, illicit drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, (STDs), alcohol consumption, homicide, civil and foreign wars, traffic accidents, pulmonary disease and diabetes put together. Total figures, for instance between 1900 and 1999 is well over 250 million people worldwide; 160 million murders by red (Marxist) terrorism and 90 million by white (anti-communist) terrorism. Multicides killed one in every 27 people of the approximately 5.5 billion people who died last century, one in 27, unbelievable human violence.

Ideology and religion gently fold into one another from the sidelines of extreme left and right. Any intellectual making the claim that positives of belief, whether religion or ideology, outweigh the negatives, has a daunting task indeed to justify his contention – I’d say even an impossible one. The reason why Christians murder Muslims and Muslims kill Christians is the exact same reason as why Marxists exterminated the bourgeoisie and the Hutus macheted the Tutsis. Vermin, parasites, cockroaches, maggots, greedy pigs, selfish rats and other repulsive images were used by all regimes to label their victims. The rulers cleansed society of impurities.

Sound familiar?

This is how the early American settlers justified the destruction of the First Peoples: partly with religion, (they like the animals had no soul), partly with words such as, “savages” “pagans” “heathens” and “infidels.” Although racism plays a large part, avarice and exploitation also have a role, for instance, both the Turks and the Germans confiscated their victims’ possessions. This also has much to do with intolerance, and because Christianity, Islam and Marxism are themselves fiery closed-minded belief systems, they encourage genocide when the perfect confluence of events occurs, like the rise of the Young Turks in the sunset of the Ottoman Empire or the emboldened nationalism of the Christian Serbs in Bosnia after the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In Rwanda however, we see just naked intolerance for no rational reason at all, but only an artificial division created centuries ago as a device to divide and conquer Africa by white colonialists. What we also see is self-denial, such as after WW II, Germans refusing to admit they knew of the gas chambers, Russians denying the Gulag system of labor and the Sudanese ruling Arab Muslims denying their regime is practicing an openly racist policy of extermination. To this day Turkey is so insecure as a nation and as a people that they’ll not own what they did even against the irrefutable proof. Japan took decades before it apologized to China. Barrack Obama apologized for America’s institutionalized slavery. Apologies are exceedingly important. Manners on the global stage make a better world. Native North American Indians deserve an apology as well. What was done to them in The American West was nothing less than genocide.

Essentially only a few things can prevent the worst of homicide, genocide and democide: an independent uncorrupted judicial system and the empowerment of the individual or group being victimized, oppressed and demonized. Most importantly, being self-governed by a stable democracy with a large middle-class who holds the balance of power is the best protection. With democide, per capita – closed societies compared against democracies – there is no contest. Non-democratic governments commit almost all the crimes of democide.

Why hasn’t global democracy taken hold then? The short answer is nationalism, religion and ideology. The complicated one is that human beings are fragile subjective creatures who find god and absolute truth in wishful thinking. The cold statistical knowledge brought by liberty and plurality – the frightening aspects of freedom and science – allow its enemies to slander it and beguile their populations. They become dark places where injustice can reign, and sometimes, genocide and democide are committed even while the world knowingly looks on like in the case of Rwanda, see, Shake Hands With the Devil. In the last decades, there has been a trend towards democracy: in 1985 there was  approximately 55 countries free, with 120 un-free; by 1993 those figures had grown to 75 and 110, by 2003, 90 and 105, by 2011, it brought even, and today is more or leass unchanged. Although more than 35 percent of the world still lives in some sort of tyranny ranging from military dictatorships like Burma, repressive monarchies like Saudi Arabia, totalitarian political parties like China, foreign occupiers like Western Sahara and brutal state led genocidal regimes like Suden's Darfur region, there is in general, reason to be hopeful, and this trend is certainly encouraging; see Freedom House. For an explanation and explication of historical genocides of the racial minorities who are also trading middleman minorities, see Black Rednecks and White Liberals and Thomas Sowell's other works.

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright 
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.
 
Accurate scholarship can 
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return. 
 
Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.
 
Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.
 
Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire 
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.
 
The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.
 
From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
“I will be true to the wife,
I’ll concentrate more on my work,"
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the deaf,
Who can speak for the dumb?
 
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
 
Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,

Show an affirming flame.

List of genocides from The Great Big Book of Horrible Things:

Native American Indians: 15,000,000 may have died at the hands of European conquerors.
Holocaust: 5,500,000 Jews were killed by Nazis.
Ukrainians: Around 4,200,000 were starved in 1932–33 by Bolshevik policy.
Bengalis: 1,500,000 were killed by the Pakistanis in 1971.
Armenians: 972,000 were killed in 1915.
Tutsi: 937,000 were killed by Hutu in Rwanda in 1994.
Gypsies: 500,000 were killed from 1940 to 1945.
Tibetans: perhaps 350,000 have been killed since 1950.
Serbs: 300,000 were killed from 1940 to 1945.
Assyrians: maybe 275,000 were killed by the Turks, starting in 1915.
Australian Aborigines: 240,000 vanished between 1788 and 1920.
Chechens, Ingush, Karachai, Balkars, Kalmyks: 230,000 died in exile between 1943 and 1957 by Bolshevik policy.
Asiatic Greeks: anywhere from 100,000 to 350,000 died at Turkish hands between 1919 - 1923. 
Kurds: over 200,000 were killed during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in several countries.
Darfur: 200,000 have died from 2003 -2021.
Carthaginians: 150,000 died in the fall of Carthage in 146 BCE.
Hutu: 125,000 were killed in Burundi in 1972–73.
East Timor: 102,800 died between 1975 and 1999.
Canaanites: maybe 100,000 were killed by the Israelites around 1200 BCE.
Dacians: as a rough guess, 100,000 may have been killed from 101 to 106 CE.
Guanches: all 80,000 inhabitants of the Canary Islands were wiped out between 1402 - 1520.
Herero and Nama: 75,000 were killed from 1904 to 1907.
Midianites: over 60,000 women and boys were killed by Israelites around 1250 BC.
Trojans: 10,000 killed by Greeks.
Erie: maybe 5,000 were killed by Iroquois from 1654 to 1656.
Tasmanians: 5,000 were killed by white settlers after 1803.
Greenland Norse: 3,000 died at the hands of the Skraelings in the early 1400s.
Chatham Island: 2,000 died at the hands of Maori invaders from New Zealand.
Easter Island: 2,000 died in 1862 by Chilean slave raiders.