If you could erase one person from history, with the goal of saving the most human lives?

Who would it be and why? Would you see it as being justified if that person inspired many, many others to violence without committing it themselves? Would you see it as being justified if they were someone who DID commit violence, but they were erased from a point in time before they actually did so?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Karl Marx. Everyone says Hitler, but Socialism has claimed far more millions of innocent lives than Nazism ever has.

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    • That was the first person to come to mind, too, though Ghenghis Khan would be another one. Between those killed directly as part of his conquests and the introduction of the Black Death to Europe , he killed... what was it? 11% of the ENTIRE world population at the time?

What Girls Said 4

  • I would delete an up and coming bad guy. What ever happened in the past is done and the world wouldn't be the same if someone like hitler were killed, we'd just have a different worse hitler.
    I'd kill someone who is becoming a bigger and bigger threat and who is killing mass amounts of people currently.

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  • Harry Truman, and the atomic bomb that he dropped in Japan. Killing and Injuring over 250,000 civilians. Although he was an ok president, he wasn't meant to be a leader.

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    • Versus how many millions would have died in a conventional invasion of Japan, the A-bomb was a mercy. Why not smoke Hirohito's war council instead before they invaded China and killed 14 million? Look up "comfort women" and the Imperial Army's use of civilians for bayonet practice, among other things.

  • there's HITLER OFC.

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  • The people who work at the abortion clinics

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What Guys Said 10

  • The first Bush which would have knocked out the 2nd Bush.

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    • Wow. Really? Most human lives is George W. Bush?

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    • Genghis Khan exterminates 11% of the entire human population in the course of his conquests and you still choose George W. Bush.

      Right. Whatever floats your boat, man. I agree our policy against ISIS is shit and the Iraq War was a terrible decision, but the loss of life we're looking at still pales in comparison to events just in the last century.

    • To go back that far would mean that quite possible you would not exist. The laws of 6 degrees of seperation need to be taken into account. Messing with time is very dangerous because of the biblical defining moments would have gone to others or have been missed.

  • Though surely debatable, I'll say Constantine the great, I wonder what sort of society we'd live in today had he not so changed the power of religion and control over the masses

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  • It was never the work of ONE PERSON alone, it was just a fault idea within a whole system (from the supreme leader to the soldier) that uses excessive force not to defend it self, but to primarily reject other ideologies and trying to eliminate them.
    Yes indeed some responsibilities are greater than others, but every person have a responsibility on his/her own scale no matter how low you are (from the family scale to the self scale at the least).

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  • Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    Leader of Islamic State. The mans a fucking cunt.

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  • Adolf Hitler for his legacy more than anything else

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  • no one because erasing someone who took so many human lives will change the course of the future and might erase me

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  • Just a question: say there were 2 first humans (unlikely though). What if you would erase one of them from history? Then actually Earth would still be all covered with forest and jungle etc. :P
    Note: i dont want to erase that person!!

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  • The personification of ecological system under the law of physics... I would kill mother nature.

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  • Don't mess with the space-time continuum. Any change in the past will drastically alter the future in ways we couldn't imagine.

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    • As Eric Cartman can attest. 😋

  • Josef stalin

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