HANS HERMANN HOPPE DEMOCRACY THE GOD THAT FAILED PDF

In doing so, he rightfully understands that the institution of the state functions as a monopolist over a territorial region. 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. 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. 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.

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In doing so, he rightfully understands that the institution of the state functions as a monopolist over a territorial region. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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. For it is a critical Austrian view of an American age. That is, it is an Austrian Economics school view of world democratization. For most people it will be contrary to their sensibilities as proud Americans…. 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.

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Democracy: The God That Failed

Buy Now from Mises Store This sweeping book is a systematic treatment of the historic transformation of the West from limited monarchy to unlimited democracy. Revisionist in nature, it reaches the conclusion that monarchy, with all its failings, is a lesser evil than mass democracy, but outlines deficiencies in both as systems of guarding liberty. By focusing on this transformation from private to public government, the author is able to interpret many historical phenomena, such as rising levels of crime, degeneration of standards of conduct and morality, the decline in security and freedom, and the growth of the mega-state. In addition, Hoppe deconstructs the classical liberal belief in the possibility of limited government and calls for an alignment of anti-statist 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.

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Hans-Hermann Hoppe

English This sweeping book is a systematic treatment of the historic transformation of the West from limited monarchy to unlimited democracy. Revisionist in nature, it reaches the conclusion that monarchy, with all its failings, is a lesser evil than mass democracy, but outlines deficiencies in both as systems of guarding liberty. By focusing on this transformation from private to public government, the author is able to interpret many historical phenomena, such as rising levels of crime, degeneration of standards of conduct and morality, the decline in security and freedom, and the growth of the mega-state. In addition, Hoppe deconstructs the classical liberal belief in the possibility of limited government and calls for an alignment of anti-statist 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. The author goes on to assess the prospects for achieving a natural order of liberty. Informed by his analysis of the radical 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.

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Democracy The God That Failed

Mises Review 8, No. Classical liberals view the state with suspicion; indeed some, of whom Murray Rothbard and Hans Hoppe are examples, wish to do away with it altogether. However convincing the arguments for private-property anarchism, we now live in a world of states. Given this fact, what kind of state is best?

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