Law, 1996

Refusing to accept an absurd idea merely on the basis a human said it or believes it.

Law professor Gregory Stanton presented the “8 Stages of Genocide” to the US State Department in 1996 after his work on the Khmer Rouge’s horrific crimes in Cambodia and the Rwandan genocide. Stage 3 (“Dehumanisation”) describes the process in which the target group is referred to as rodents or insects on government-owned media. In 2012 it was updated to include “discrimination” and “persecution”: we all know where that’s going.