On Mass Murder

Murder is “unlawful killing.” Unlawful is not lawful, or not legitimus (latin). Legitimus is “in line with the law,” and laws are rules. Rules can be either decreed by a ruler, or discovered by legal theorists observing norms, conventions, and mores. Murder is unlawful killing both in the sense that rulers have declared it such and most individuals on Earth believe it to be wrong because it violates the norms, conventions, and mores that evolved to value, and thus protect, life. Therefore, when a criminally-innocent individual is intentionally killed, he has been murdered in the latter sense, but not necessarily in the former. When a mass of criminally-innocent individuals are killed, they are victims of mass murder. Such are those individuals killed by war waged by other individuals calling themselves “government.” Examples of mass murderers in history? Many, including but not limited to: Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, Julius Cesar, Cleopatra, fast-forward, King George III, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Vladimir Lenin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Zedong, George Bush, William Clinton, Osama bin Laden, and George W. Bush. As the current Commander-in-Chief of the United States military, Barack Obama is well on his way to becoming a mass murderer, if he’s not there already. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.