“Even if we act to erase material poverty, there is another greater task, it is to confront the poverty of satisfaction – purpose and dignity – that afflicts us all. Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $800 billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product – if we judge the United States of America by that – that Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and counts nuclear warheads and armored cars for the police to fight the riots in our cities. It counts Whitman’s rifle and Speck’s knife, and the television programs, which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it can tell us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans. If this is true here at home, so it is true elsewhere in world”
In 2021, 33,308 homicides have been registered with a murder rate of 3.6 every 100,000 habitants (Reuters sourcen21 January 2021).
The Law Dictionary, powered by Black’s Law Dictionary, second edition, summarizes this concept in a sentence: “nobody is above the law”.
The High-level Meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 24 September 2012.
16.1. Significantly, reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere; 16.2. End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children; 16.3. Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all; 16.4. By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime; 16.5. Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms; 16.6. Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels; 16.7. Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels; 16.8 Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance; 16.9 By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration; 16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements; 16.A Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime; 16.B Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.
This consideration is confirmed by the fact that the European Union monitors the effectiveness of the Rule of Law in its Member States that are all developed countries.