Death by government: why you are 4.6 times more likely to be murdered by a government lackey

The author of this blog has compiled a list of all the deaths in the 20th Century that were due to wars, massacres, slaughters, and other episodes of government oppression (i.e. starvation). He cites many sources and his analysis appears very thorough.

His total for the 20th Century is 203 million people. If the famine deaths are deducted from this number we are left with 145 million people - that is 145 million lives that were extinguished by someone following orders from a government official.

Let's compare that number to the number of deaths that occurred during the 20th Century due to homicides. These are deaths perpetrated by non-government persons.

To estimate the number of homicides that took place in the 20th Century I used two statistics - yearly homicide rates and yearly world populations. I could not find actual numbers for either one of these statistics so I had to do some estimation.

I found recent world homicide rates here . I was able to consolidate the data and produce average world homicide rates for the years 2003-2008. I was unable to locate rates before 2003.

2003: 8.76 homicides per 100,000 population
2004: 9.75 homicides per 100,000 population
2005: 8.51 homicides per 100,000 population
2006: 8.40 homicides per 100,000 population
2007: 7.24 homicides per 100,000 population
2008: 8.83 homicides per 100,000 population

For my analysis I used a rate of 10 homicides per 100,000 population.

I then estimated the population (interpolating for earlier years) of the world from 1901 to 2000 and applied a homicide rate of 10 homicides per 100,000 population per year. See the table at the end of this post for world homicide calculation. The estimated number of homicides for the 20th Century are 31.5 million.

During the 20th Century 145 million people were killed by obedient government servants while 31.5 million were killed by private citizens. Thus, you're violent demise is 4.6 times more likely to come at the hands of someone wearing a government uniform versus a private citizen. For those who think government is needed to provide "security" I would beg to differ. I would feel safer if there was a lot less government "security".





20th Century World Homicide Estimates

Year Population (millions)Homicides
19011,668166,812
19021,686168,624
19031,704170,436
19041,722172,248
19051,741174,060
19061,759175,872
19071,777177,684
19081,795179,496
19091,813181,308
19101,831183,120
19111,849184,932
19121,867186,744
19131,886188,556
19141,904190,368
19151,922192,180
19161,940193,992
19171,958195,804
19181,976197,616
19191,994199,428
19202,012201,240
19212,031203,052
19222,049204,864
19232,067206,676
19242,085208,488
19252,103210,300
19262,121212,112
19272,139213,924
19282,157215,736
19292,175217,548
19302,194219,360
19312,212221,172
19322,230222,984
19332,248224,796
19342,266226,608
19352,284228,420
19362,302230,232
19372,320232,044
19382,339233,856
19392,357235,668
19402,375237,480
19412,393239,292
19422,411241,104
19432,429242,916
19442,447244,728
19452,465246,540
19462,484248,352
19472,502250,164
19482,520251,976
19492,538253,788
19502,556255,600
19512,594259,386
19522,636263,573
19532,681268,106
19542,729272,929
19552,781278,121
19562,834283,446
19572,891289,057
19582,947294,742
19593,000300,007
19603,042304,245
19613,084308,351
19623,140313,972
19633,210320,953
19643,281328,098
19653,350335,025
19663,421342,054
19673,490349,029
19683,562356,235
19693,637363,728
19703,713371,296
19713,791379,083
19723,867386,734
19733,943394,318
19744,018401,781
19754,090409,041
19764,162416,164
19774,234423,364
19784,306430,573
19794,381438,068
19804,453445,294
19814,536453,567
19824,616461,559
19834,697469,661
19844,777477,673
19854,858485,826
19864,942494,203
19875,028502,830
19885,115511,523
19895,202520,177
19905,289528,904
19915,372537,196
19925,457545,670
19935,539553,879
19945,619561,941
19955,700570,033
19965,781578,053
19975,859585,908
19985,937593,665
19996,013601,349
20006,090608,965

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