- Series: Democracy as a Method of Nonviolence
- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Transaction Publishers (November 19, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765805235
- ISBN-13: 978-0765805232
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While R.J. Rummel does not state matters in the above terms, he does provide a more useful way of gauging the volatility of forms of government by charting the amount of violence they engage in according to the amount of power that is concentrated at the top. In doing so, Rummel proves that ideology is a poor measure of actual results, and that the most idealistic regimes murder their own population and wage wars against rival nations in proportion to the amount of power that is held by the ruling elite.
Rummel's statistical analysis proves that the more power a government has, the more violent it acts towards its own population and other nations. Rummel proves that even those forms of government supposedly created for the benefit of the "worker" with "social justice" and "economic equality" in mind will cannibalize its population in the name of the "Revolution". Rummel proves that a "centrally planned" society is also a society with power amassed in the "central planning" elite, and that it is these types of governments that have murdered their own civilians and waged wars against their neighbors.