Overt killing, although atrocious, is unambiguous. Letting die, however, a phenomena that may have economic, social, psychological, or physical death as a result, is notoriously difficult to define, and therefore, also to address. One reason for this is that letting die comprises denigration, neglect, abandonment, the taciturn condoning of harmful practices and invisible, structural violence. First coined by Johann Galtung, structural violence is indirect and diffuse. It is particular to as institutions and networks, where there is no single perpetrator and no easily identifiable act of violence.
Published on Friday 14 Dec 2018