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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Democracy by Hans-Hermann Hoppe. The core of this book is a systematic treatment of the historic transformation of the West from monarchy to democracy.
Revisionist in nature, it reaches the conclusion that monarchy is a lesser evil than democracy, but outlines deficiencies in both. Its methodology is axiomatic-deductive, allowing the writer to derive economic and sociological theorems, and then apply them The core of this book is a systematic treatment of the historic transformation of the West from monarchy to democracy.
Its methodology is axiomatic-deductive, allowing the writer to derive economic and sociological theorems, and then apply them to interpret historical events. A compelling chapter on time preference describes the progress of civilization as lowering time preferences as capital structure is built, and explains how the interaction between people can lower time all around, with interesting parallels to the Ricardian Law of Association. By focusing on this transformation, the author is able to interpret many historical phenomena, such as rising levels of crime, degeneration of standards of conduct and morality, and the growth of the mega-state.
In underscoring the deficiencies of both monarchy and democracy, the author demonstrates how these systems are both inferior to a natural order based on private-property. Hoppe deconstructs the classical liberal belief in the possibility of limited government and calls for an alignment of conservatism and libertarianism as natural allies with common goals.
He defends the proper role of the production of defense as undertaken by insurance companies on a free market, and describes the emergence of private law among competing insurers. Having established a natural order as superior on utilitarian grounds, the author goes on to assess the prospects for achieving a natural order. Informed by his analysis of the deficiencies of social democracy, and armed with the social theory of legitimation, he forsees secession as the likely future of the US and Europe, resulting in a multitude of region and city-states.
This book complements the author's previous work defending the ethics of private property and natural order. Democracy - The God that Failed will be of interest to scholars and students of history, political economy, and political philosophy. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Routledge first published More Details Original Title.
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May 08, Jason rated it it was amazing. Hoppe's argument is essentially a well-executed follow through of Etienne de la Boetie's call to "support [the tyrant] no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces. In doing so, he rightfully understands that the institution of the state functions as a monopolist over a territorial region. Consequently, Hoppe obser Hoppe's argument is essentially a well-executed follow through of Etienne de la Boetie's call to "support [the tyrant] no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.
Consequently, Hoppe observes that governments inherently will trend toward increased exploitation of property while diminishing the quality of goods and services that it offers law, defense, policing, etc. Hoppe's truly unique observation to me is his analysis of how democratic governments which include any form of representative government make this problem much worse. Since elected officials in representative governments are only temporary caretakers of the economic resources of government, their incentive is to waste more resources in the present and rack up significant long-term debt.
In other words, a democratic state, according to Hoppe, speeds up its inevitable destruction and insolvency due to the incentive structure of its elected officials and bureaucratic enforcers to embrace waste. But Hoppe doesn't stop there.
It's not enough to merely recognize the failings and evils of the state. Hoppe advocates for a natural order anarchy that is pioneered by small pockets of individuals who care not for the state's control and seek to live in freedom. He advocates for dozens of competing Hong Kongs and Singapores, with no formal regulations established by any government with the power to tax.
As these experiments prove to be far more successful than the wasteful and crumbling modern states that are already in the early stages of their death throes, more and more free cities can help society transition from the failed nation state model to liberty.
One of the most inspiring things I find about Hoppe's writing is that we really don't even need geographically defined free cities to consider if his ideas will be successful. The digital age is already breaking down traditional geographic barriers and allowing us to experiment with competitive free societies that are based in the digital world, but with everyday, real-world application.
Projects like Ethereum are the realization of Hoppe's worldview today, despite all of the massive government regulatory agencies and tens of thousands of laws.
Freedom cannot ever be stopped. Hoppe also has a brilliant understanding of why libertarians need to be more conservative and why conservatives need to be more libertarian which was encouraging to see since I have been thinking the same thing for quite some time. Although I find Hoppe either difficult to understand and even on some points, unpersuasive at least based on my current understanding , I am highly impressed by Hoppe's overall defense of voluntary society in the face of democratic states and I look forward to the continuing development of technologies that will allow us to realize the ultimate failure of the nation-state experiment as a means of social organization.
Apr 23, Bernie rated it really liked it. The first time I gave it three stars. This time I upped its celestial rating by one star. It is a deep book. For most people it will be contrary to their sensibilities as proud Americans…. That is, it is an Austrian Economics school view of world democratization.
Still, if one carefully looks to the US founders, one will find in their words a very prediction of what has come and is coming to pass as concerns democracy, according to Hoppe. Like Hans-Hermann Hoppe, many founders saw in democracy a catalyst for decivilization. What happened? More and more programs that benefited the short time horizon of their term of office. More and more programs that set up dangerous dependencies but also assured election and re-election of the patrons.
This democratic infusion ignited a process of decivilization which has direct bearing on the current chaotic political situation of the US and the world. Democratization, according to Hoppe was inevitable, as was that it would result in progressive decivilization-- in contrast to rule by monarchy.
How then to account for the remarkable material success of the US and Western society other than recent times? The success has come despite democratization. So does Hoppe call for a return to monarchy? No, because first, monarchy now shattered cannot be reconstituted and second because monarchy, though less destructive than democracy, is also destructive to the natural order of man. And what is, says Hoppe, the natural order of man?
Meanwhile, both monarchy and democracy are both parasitic; differing only in that monarchy being a private parasitism is generally less destructive. While he brings thought provoking evidence to this charge, I am not convinced that the noble experiment should be abandoned. So how do we stop and correct the process of decivilization before total chaos results? Hoppe says first and foremost that we must delegitimize the idea of majority rule and inculcate its alternative-- Natural Order-- based on the supreme principle of private property and powered by self determination and self rule.
This will set into motion centrifugal forces of decentralization which is more amenable to natural order. You will be vigorously prodded to think anew about the efficacy of democracy as a vehicle for the progress of man. Oct 12, Monica Perez rated it it was amazing Shelves: recommended , recommended-nonfiction.
I had wondered what went wrong and when and started to think maybe it was more WWI than the Civil War, then I thought further, where did the founders go wrong? What should they have put in the constitution to forestall the massive growth of the federal government, then concluded, they did all they could.
If everyone who had sworn to uphold the constitution had in good faith tried to do so, the founders' dream would have been realized but no. My conclusion? A just government in the Mind-blowing. A just government in the end may not be possible, at least under democracy. It may be inevitable that it be corrupted. These premises are discussed, basically, on page 1 of the Intro of this book. And it gets better. A must read. The truth is out there--actually, it's in this book. View 1 comment.
Oct 29, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , wrongthink. These are pretty shocking conclusions for most Americans today and westerners in general , but the argument, from some basic and acceptable premises, seems sound -- in particular, the argument for monarchy of the circa ad English kind being superior to modern "democratic socialism" of the form found in most of the world to varying degrees including the US.
Democracy: The God That Failed
Democracy: The God That Failed is a book by Hans-Hermann Hoppe , containing a series of thirteen essays on the subject of democracy. The book "examines modern democracies in the light of various evident failures" which, in Hoppe's view, include rising unemployment rates, expanding public debt, and insolvent social security systems. He attributes democracy's failures to pressure groups seeking increased government expenditures, regulations and taxation and a lack of counter-measures to them. He discusses as solutions secession , "shifting of control over the nationalised wealth from a larger, central government to a smaller, regional one" and "complete freedom of contract, occupation, trade and migration introduced".
Ryan is a self-educated Misesian economist. He lives in Toronto. His work can be found at www. We also took some time to discuss political ideals, as is normal for university students. Back when I was there, us right-wing reactionaries still clung to the old-man ideal that the university was a place where you learned to think, as opposed to the new young-man ideal which makes it a higher trade school. One of the plans shot around by the right-wing idealists among us was direct democracy. It was envisioned that the development of what then was the modem-and-BBS network would continue to the point where such a system would be feasible.
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