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Guest post by ‘Lauren’
In 1996, Gregory H Stanton (a genocide specialist) first published his 8 stages of genocide. It has since been updated to 10 stages.
In reading the actual document, it is clearly stated that democratic societies do not need to worry about genocide because of their judicial protections.
“Yeah. Good luck with that.”
Opinion aside, the stages of genocide as listed are extremely (and historically) accurate. I would have put it a different way:
“Create the enemy, exploit the enemy, destroy the enemy, rinse, repeat,”
Societies that once go in this direction seldom stop with one instance, if they’re not derailed before it can get to the genocide stage.
One example of this which many people on this site will recognize, is the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. While it did not go to the genocide stage, the people were definitely deprived of their rights, deprived of property and voting rights, and interned in prepared camps designed for the purpose.
This puts the “Japanese” Genocide at stage 8, although oddly it seems to skip to stage 10 (denial) as few people beyond that generation even realize that it happened. It was never in any of my history books and it took curiosity research into the camps out in the desert west of Salt Lake to teach me what I should have learned in school.
Gregory H Stanton’s “8 Stages of Genocide”
Stage 1 Classification
Division into “us” vs “them,” with them being undesirable
Stage 2 Symbolization
The victims are identified by a physical or imposed difference
Stage 3 Discrimination
The victims become secondary citizens. Discrimination becomes accepted and expected
Stage 4 Dehumanization
The chosen victims are identified with animals and other undesirables (vermin, cockroaches, deplorables)
Stage 5 Organization
The extermination is deliberately planned and organized
Stage 6 Polarization
Propaganda is spread inciting hatred toward the victim group
Stage 7 Persecution
The victim group is denied basic rights
Stage 8 Preparation
Victims are identified based on their differences and targeted. Camps or other preparations are made for the final genocide
Stage 9 Extermination
They murder their victims.
Denial. Later generations/perpetrators deny the existence of any crime
While consecutive, the stages are not exclusive. Stage 1 continues all the way up through stage 10, but stage 2 (symbolization) has to come after stage 1 (classification). Stage 2 also continues all the way through.
Can The Road To Genocide Be Derailed?
Mr. Stanton is careful to note that these stages can be derailed if governments act quickly enough. Once stage 6 (polarization) passes, however, the situation usually runs to its planned conclusion.
I suppose by that time it’s gained enough “steam” to burn anyone who tries to stop it.
Parallels With Today
I ran across this a few weeks ago on another site and it immediately hit me that this is what is happening in the US.
Classification, check. Symbolization (scary black rifles/white/conservative) check. Discrimination, check. Dehumanization…
The dehumanization piece is interesting. Over the last year I have literally heard conservatives and “Trumpsters” and “MAGAs” referred to not only as racist bigots and haters, but also as cockroaches and vermin that need to be exterminated. This, of course isn’t hate speech, while the simple posting of a meme that goes against the “official” narrative can lose someone their job.
Burning Trump in effigy isn’t hate. Saying they are keeping “lists” so the Orange Man’s followers can be reeducated and/or exterminated isn’t hate.
But the statement that the AP is wrong in declaring the Presidential candidate in advance of the votes being fully counted can result in deplatforming.
Organization – Polarization – Propaganda
And while I can’t see stage 5 (organization) directly, I do see the polarization and propaganda of stage 6. It makes me curious about what I’m not seeing. Please ignore the man behind the curtain, and in fact you can ignore the very existence of the curtain.
As the propaganda ramps up we see politicians attempting to remove elected officials, wilder claims about terrorism and who the terrorists might be. Demands, also, for people to turn over those who were at the “violent insurrection” on the 6th.
Propaganda Leading To Persecution
There have been claims of people not being allowed to fly who were at the Trump rally on the 6th. Children turning in their parents to the FBI. The propaganda (and some persecution – cancel culture and such) is in full swing. Identifying white conservatives (and Libertarians, Christians) as domestic terrorists, not just by the DOJ but also rampant in the media.
So I think stage 6 is either in progress, or past. But again, all stages continue into the next stage, so the propaganda would definitely continue into stage 7 (persecution) and 8 (preparation).
What Stage Of Genocide Today?
At this point stage 7 (persecution) could be argued in either direction. While the legal apparatus still says we have our rights, the courts have shown a definite propensity to side with big government and big business, to the detriment of personal rights.
Our rights have not been officially removed, and probably never will be, but deplatforming and silencing the opposition is removing those rights by default. Destroying the ability to get ammunition doesn’t technically remove the right to own firearms, but it does make owning those “force equalizers” much less attractive.
Lists are being kept, and acted on.
The right to peaceably assemble, freedom of speech, of a free press, of religion…all under attack.
There have already been statements by seated politicians that those who voted for Trump should not be allowed to vote again, and “loyalty tests” have been applied to the armed forces.
Are we in stage 7 (persecution)? I don’t think we’re to stage 8 (preparation) quite yet, but we know for a fact that legislation is being presented that would make “camps” or detention facilities a reality.
I think we’re in stage 7. What say you?
You might be curious to read the following PDF handout by Dr. Gregory Stanton, The Ten Stages of Genocide, from Genocide Watch – Alliance Against Genocide: