Deadly highway epidemic? Only a runner-up

By Nathan Barton

A recent email from a highway safety group provided this chart of “The 10 Worst Epidemics In History” a few days ago.

Rank Epidemic Period In History Estimated Number of Deaths
1 Plague of Justinian 541-542 100,000,000
2 Black Plague 1346-1350 50,000,000
3 HIV/AIDS 1960-present 39,000,000
4 1918 Flu (Spanish Flu) 1918-1920 20,000,000
5 Modern Plague 1894-1903 10,000,000
6 Asian Flu 1957-1958 2,000,000
7 Sixth Cholera Pandemic 1899-1923 1,500,000
8 Russian Flu 1889-1890 1,000,000
9 Hong Kong Flu 1968-1969 1,000,000
10 Fifth Cholera Pandemic 1881-1896 981,899

The sender added this comment: “If approximately 1,250,000 people are killed each year on the roads around the world, and another 30 to 50 million people are seriously injured, where does the Road Safety Epidemic fit on this chart?  If evaluated since 1960, like the HIV/AIDS disease, I would argue that it has to be in the top three worst epidemics in history!  It is probable that at least 50,000,000 plus people have died on our roads around the world since 1960.  More than 2,500,000 of these people have died on the roads in the United States.”

There is no doubt that we can consider traffic fatalities an “epidemic.”  But there is one more epidemic that this article does not address.  It dwarfs the rest, even the 100 million dead of Justinian’s Plague.

I am speaking of Democide: the killing of people by “their own” governments.  This is an epidemic of murderous violence that filled the 20th Century with blood, and continues today, nearly a fifth of the way into the next century.  The University of Hawaii (no enemy of government) estimates the deaths due to democide in the Twentieth Century as 262 million, and prior to that, as 132 million.  Notice this does NOT include the dead from wars (either military or civilian). I’ve been unable to find an estimate of total dead from 2001-2016 or 2017, but based on situations in Sudan, South Sudan, and other places, there are millions more to be added.

It is not just in mass numbers that democide is committed: not just huge massacres in Cambodia or rounding up of kulaks in Ukraine, or concentration camps filled with Jews and Gypsies in Germany.  It includes those killed in ones and twos by cops, armed and deadly bureaucrats and military forces deployed against their own people.

Sadly, there is one more epidemic that also has killed millions, and continues to do so on a daily basis.  We do not know the totals, except for here in the Fifty States, but it is a staggering number.

That epidemic is abortion.  The Guttmacher Institute estimates 59 million dead since 1973.  The death toll averages about 1 million in the Fifty States each year (in recent years). Also according to the Guttmacher Institute worldwide (including the Fifty States) there were an estimated 56 million induced abortions per year (2010-2014).  FIFTY-SIX MILLION. PER YEAR.  A toll that is greater than Justinian’s Plague in just two years. A total greater than ALL the democide of the 20th century in just over five years.  Equaling the total population of the Fifty States in just six years. Fifty times the number killed on the highways of the world.

The “face” of this horror is 76-year-old Kermit Gosnell, a “doctor” whose clinic did tens of thousands, if not more, abortions, and was also estimated to have killed at least 100 newborns over his 40+ year career.  All allowed by government, despite numerous citations, violations, and reports.  His mass murder career, though “one at a time” far, far exceeds that of the Texas or Nevada killers.

It is not just in Philadelphia that abortion – killing of children –  is expedited, encouraged, and supported by government.  In some cases (China) it is mandated by government.  So in reality abortion is just another, more virulent form of the democide epidemic: murder by government.

In fact, MUCH of the responsibility of the three modern leading epidemics – death from non-natural causes – rests with government.  Abortion, democide, and traffic fatalities together each year (based on 20th century averages) kill nearly 50-60 million people per year. Makes all those other epidemics, especially, highway fatalities, seem pretty small potatoes.

Why do we accept this?  We are accustomed to it.

Mama’s Note: A good many of us do NOT accept this…

Interestingly, many who believe the murder of those not yet born (or even shortly after) is a good thing, accuse those of us who do not as wanting to place government in charge of this deal and prosecute any and all who provide or obtain an abortion. This is obviously untrue, and a straw man argument at best.

It would seem reasonable that a free society, with a truly free market operating, would find many other solutions to the problems. If people were able to adopt freely, without the insane hoops government presents, and if technology could be developed to transplant a fetus from an “unwilling” host to one very willing… there would be no real reason for abortion that kills a baby, a new human being.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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6 Responses to Deadly highway epidemic? Only a runner-up

  1. beau says:

    democide and abortion, combined, constitute the greatest number of victims than all the epidemics previously combined. it is not coincidental that one, democide, is a direct result of govt action, and the other, abortion, is protected by govt. non – voluntary govt is force, nothing more, nothing less. the results of the aforementioned epidemics are proof of such.

    btw, those who support rendering the remainder of us helpless by weapons removal also support govt, thus supporting the actions of the biggest killer, govt. they are either blind, ignorant, stupid, or a megalomaniac. it would be fitting to ask such people why they favor democide.


    • MamaLiberty says:

      I just ask such people why they think my death is to their benefit… They favor democide because they favor the control of some people by others, even by the proxy of electoral politics.


  2. Darkwing says:

    I am going to comment, I hope live to tell about it. When the US Supreme Court ruled on this, people forget it was a ruling not law but they call it law because they are told by the MSM that it is law. Any state general assembly or congress can over ride this ruling. When I ask members of congress and GA about this they side step it and when I back them to a wall, they tell me that it would be a sensitive subject, they then move on to the next person.


    • MamaLiberty says:

      When the court ruled on what? 🙂 In any case, by what legitimate authority does that “court” rule on anything? And if people accept their “rule,” then that’s that. The only way it will change is when most people figure out that the non-voluntary government actually has no legitimate authority at all. 😦


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