Political crime and the truth of man: The Slovene case

  • Janez Juhant University of Ljubljana
Keywords: political crime, revolution, terror, genocide, victims, dialogue, reconciliation


Political crime is the problem of the socio-political implementation of non-democratic and inhuman violent means to obtain political power over the society. Revolutions and several kinds of terror have utilised such political crime to change the political order and have created numerous victims and societal disorder. Man is an inherently competitive being and prone to rivalry, and it is extremely difficult to convert him to one that cooperates with others. Modern science, technology and the consequently increasingly competitive way of life have led to the increasing exclusion and omission of many people from societal processes. For humanity, today there remains the difficult task of overcoming totalitarian racist, communist and other, for instance, terroristic and exclusivist residues, which are mere means of obtaining political power, and to instead endorse and encourage dialogical, inclusive, and humane thinking. Without deeper spiritual insights and readiness for cooperation, the number of victims of political crime will increase, even today when the world is more sensitive towards victims.