The Higher The Body Count, The More Popular The President

Noticed via OrgTheory:

The finding is simple. War casualties, as a fraction of the population, positively correlate with how historians rate presidents. More death = better presidents. The regression model includes some controls, like economic growth. This is consistent with sociological research on state building, which has traditionally linked wars, bureaucratic growth, and tax collection.


18 Comments on "The Higher The Body Count, The More Popular The President"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Apr 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm |

    If only the chairmen from the national political parties could leverage this insight into the campaigning process, the circle would be complete.

    Show of hands here, but who HONESTLY wouldn’t pay good money to see GOP and DNC nominees fight each other to death in an armed cage match for the presidency?

  2. Dusty Dusterson II | Apr 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm |

     Nifty graph.

    I also have a graph proving that the decline in piracy is associated with an increase in worldwide temperatures.

    • LanceHardpound | Apr 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm |

      I’m willing to bet that what you actually have is a graph showing that temperatures have increased and that piracy has declined. I don’t think the graph would prove any sort of association between the two.

  3. mmm… blood

  4. I think that Calypso_1 might agree with me that this effect is consistent with some of the ideas presented in _The Lucifer Principle_ .

  5. DeepCough | Apr 13, 2012 at 1:25 am |

    Kill one man, you’re murderer. Kill a million men, and you’re up for re-election.

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