The God That Failed. The Economics and PoUtlcs of. Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order. Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Transaction Publishers. Democracia el dios que terney.info Democracy-The God that Failed is a brilliant and unflinching work that will be of intense interest to scholars and students. Review of Hans-Hermann Hoppe's Democracy: The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order. Hans-Hermann Hoppe. party at a time; democracy (majority rule) and private property are incompatible.
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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. Democracy: The God That Failed is a book by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Hoppe characterizes democracy as "publicly owned government", which he compares English preface to the Polish edition (in PDF format) · An extract of Chapter. BOOKS: The Great Fiction | Democracy: God that Failed (German version; AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute, ) [Available in PDF and ePub.
Ultimately, however, he argues the be Highly thought provoking. Ultimately, however, he argues the best form of government is no government and concludes his book with a couple treatises on how private defense would work vs the government monopoly system in place currently. Highly recommend if you're into well researched, logical, fact based advancement of liberty ideas.
Aug 04, Jacob Aitken rated it it was amazing. While I only agree with half of the book, I give it five stars for brilliance. In the first half, Hoppe argues that democracies introduce elements of decivilization and ultimately pave the way for barbarism.
He documents how countries actually became poorer when they moved from monarchies to democracies. His most interesting point is his thesis that World War 1 marked the end of civiliation. He is correct. To the reviewer that said Hoppe argues for constitutional monarchies over democracies, taht While I only agree with half of the book, I give it five stars for brilliance.
To the reviewer that said Hoppe argues for constitutional monarchies over democracies, taht is incorrect. Hoppe says monarchies are bad, too. They just preserve liberty longer than democracies. Nov 12, Adrian Dorney rated it it was amazing. This work is compiled as half a treatise of history and half a treatise of economic political theory. Herr Hoppe's Magnum Opus can be simply defined as an observational critique of time preference. The thesis is that growing time preference in the west since the advent of democratic-republican governance has done the most to enable and perpetuate the degeneracy of man.
Time preference being the squandering of current resources, that is, neglecting capital accumulation, Dr Hoppe operate Brilliant.
Time preference being the squandering of current resources, that is, neglecting capital accumulation, Dr Hoppe operates from the correct axiom that capital accumulation is the only thing that separates us from savage beasts. Unlike many other Austrian thinkers, Hoppe focuses far less on the morality of capitalism, focusing rather on how socialism literally corrodes civilization from the inside out.
Despite making clear throughout the book in concise terms, Hoppe spends the first half of the book defending hereditary monarchy - carefully exempting those of 17th and 18th century imperialism - as more consistent with property rights. From this supposition, Hoppe goes on to substantiate this claim by pointing out through empirical historical data and sound praxeological theory that from private ruling comes an aspect of personal stewardship absent in democratic republican governmental models.
Among his reasons he lists structural disincentives to total war, currency devaluation and counterfeiting, institutionalised egalitarianism and taxing beyond production frontiers. Although the first half of the book did little but to solidify and articulate why democracy breeds degeneracy and parasitism through high time preference, the second half is where Hoppe's genius is put on full display.
Focusing on two left libertarian sacred cows; mass immigration and a limited state, Hoppe dissects the validity of both. Firstly, he speaks of centralization and it's unsavoury relatives, mass immigration and forced integration.
Operating from a well constituted philosophical a priori, Hoppe explains how immigration is inconsistent with property rights and how it is impossible for one to consent to who can use one's own expropriated goods. One of my favourite passages is when Hoppe calls into question Walter Block's assertion that everyone has the equal right to expropriated property by stating that not everybody is equally liable for the resources stolen to build public "goods" - in this case, a library.
The final chapters would, if nothing else, stand to put to rest all leftist myths about the author. Those who decry him as a neo-feudalist, reactionary or even fascist would do well to actually read him. The infamous "physical remove" line has nothing to do with a state, rather of private communities and those who violate their conditions - reasonable.
Hoppe leans into the idea of a "limited state" as anything enshrining liberty, I could almost hear the muffled cries of Rand, Nozick and Hayek as I absorbed the pages. The state, is by definition a territorial monopoly that exists exclusively through expropriation, where is the liberty? As a final death blow, Hoppe uses the example democratic degeneracy to show how the modern western legal system has become little more than a pulpit for legally exempt bureaucrats to scorn and steal from citizens.
This was the best defence of poly-centric legal systems I have yet to read. Throughout the work, Hoppe appeals to the idea of a new, aristocratic, moral, intellectual, anti-statist elite to act as shepherds to society as it moves from democracy to natural order.
If such a caste is to mobilize, this scholarly work must be treated as a foundation for the transition. Sep 18, JJ rated it it was amazing.
Since the s and early s, real wage incomes in the United States and in Western Europe have stagnated or even fallen. In Western Europe in particular unemployment rates have been steadily edging upward and are currently exceeding ten percent.
Similarly, the social security systems everywhere are on or near the verge of bankruptcy.
In the U. In addition to increased exploitation and social decay, the transition from monarchy to democracy has brought a change from limited warfare to total war, and the twentieth century, the age of democracy, must be ranked also among the most murderous periods in all of history. An economic and political masterpiece! A must read for all citizens living in the democratic west. Hoppe provides a brilliant analysis of the western transformation from monarchy to democracy, shows that monarchy is a lesser evil than democracy but outlines the flaws in both systems, and provides a positive alternative — the idea of a natural aristocratic order and stateless society with a free-market responsible for the production of security.
This book is a political weapon in the form of a sawed-off shotgun aimed at the mind of any advocator of democracy and any skeptic of a stateless society.
From the viewpoint of those who prefer less exploitation over more and who value farsightedness and individual responsibility above shortsightedness and irresponsibility, the historic transition from monarchy to democracy represents not progress but civilizational decline. Jan 04, Jonathan Sargent rated it liked it. What starts out as an argument against democracy eventually devolves into an argument for an anarcho-capitalist society run by multinational insurance companies.
The God That Failed has many flaws, but for anyone moderately interested in history, political theory, and political philosophy would be wise to read Hoppe's book. It has a several flaws and will probably have left-wing types foaming at the mouth most of the time, but it's a well-written collection of radical libertarian argu What starts out as an argument against democracy eventually devolves into an argument for an anarcho-capitalist society run by multinational insurance companies.
It has a several flaws and will probably have left-wing types foaming at the mouth most of the time, but it's a well-written collection of radical libertarian arguments. Hoppe is one the most lucid clear, well read and thorough political writers I've read in quite some time. Unfortunately his major flaw comes shining through quite too much: He acknowledges this, but anyone who disagrees with any part of his premises will have a hard time justifying his ultimate thesis of a stateless society.
So I'll give a bit of pros and cons. Let's start with the pros. Hoppe loves footnotes. LOVES them. Many a time a footnote alone will exceed the length of an entire section or chapter. It's very clear that Hoppe has done his research on his subjects, but he does have a severe tendency to cull from the same sources.
This book might as well be called: The complete lack of political correctness. This might be a con depending on your political persuasion, but I'm much more prone to enjoy an author who isn't afraid to share his radical beliefs proudly and logically.
Sections on democracy, immigration, and modern American conservatism. Here is where Hoppe shines. It's also one of the few places where he no longer has to rely on his premise that any government is unjust. Cons 1. This is a book of collected speeches, so often I found myself re-reading paragraphs I had read in previous chapters. At first I had no issues with Hoppe repeated clarifying his position, but by the 17th time he repeats what a state is supposed to do, you get a bit sick of it.
As mentioned previously, Hoppe is a radical libertarian. If you think Ron Paul is crazy, Hoppe belongs in the mental asylum.
This distracts from his arguments against democracy and spoils the book. Generally a thought provoking read, Democracy: The God That Failed too often slips into radical libertarian rants.
If you're a libertarian or interested in political theory, highly recommended. Otherwise, steer clear. Sep 05, Syen rated it it was ok Shelves: After finishing it I was left with an irritating feeling that author leaves everything in the middle.
So lets discuss pros quickly before I go to cons, which are so many of them. The author lists various cons of democracy and each con is given a separate chapter where each topic is discussed. The approach of the book is blunt and the author doesn't minces his words for the sake of race, creed or color.
The novel approach to blame democracy to cause and magnitute of war was intriguing. Every topic while starting with legitimate arguments on a topic but takes logic too far to reach many a times slippery slope, ad absurdum indeed. When the topics are differentiated, the book seemed to make different claims in various topics.
Like at a place the author is in favor of true laissez-faire so that the competent people will have fruits of their labor whereas in the other chapters the book seems to favor the strict class division so that everybody tends to know their limits so that a businessmen's son will have close relations with his peers only. The author seems to miss the point that he is arguing for change in type of government not the change in type or nature of people.
The books gives in its conclusion a government free state where the insurance companies will ensure that the damages if any to the individual will be reimbursed by them. But what will stop the insurance companies themselves to indulge into bad ethics and make profits by extortion. The world will again turn to continuous chaos. Lastly the footnotes should be footnotes and please have mercy on readers by not quoting Mises at every penultimate page. Oct 14, EdgeKween rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every man, woman, and child needs to thoroughly comprehend the points Hoppe makes in this book.
He is incredibly realistic and the patterns he brings to light that he makes should seem like common sense knowledge to the public but for various reasons are not. This book isn't entirely about democracy; it also points out larger societal problems which have occurred due to the consolidation of power given to the government, the over-dependence on welfare and the corresponding erosion of ethics, and Every man, woman, and child needs to thoroughly comprehend the points Hoppe makes in this book.
This book isn't entirely about democracy; it also points out larger societal problems which have occurred due to the consolidation of power given to the government, the over-dependence on welfare and the corresponding erosion of ethics, and the necessity for Americans and ultimately people everywhere to return to the simple human state of self-reliance. Near the end of the book he also makes the claim that conservatives can take hints from libertarians and vice versa and that the two ideologies go hand-in-hand.
Hoppe speaks clearly about many issues that are often ignored by Constitutional conservatives today, mostly as they pertain to the rise of unconditional egalitarianism and forced integration in the form of affirmative action and forced association in schools, etc.
Every conservative needs to read this book. Apr 15, Daniel rated it it was amazing. Great book though I would like to point out three things: Because the book is based on several speeches it can be somewhat repetitive, especially towards the middle a reason for why I don't find this book his magnum opus 3. It's not a book for the faint of heart: Dec 20, Daniel Moss rated it it was amazing Shelves: So eyeopening. I love the use of economic theory to develop political theory, and to top it off, the use of empiricism to show how this political theory is in fact what has happened in the last years.
Sep 20, Michael Kenan Baldwin rated it liked it. Often rigorous and powerful, yet deeply flawed. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Es handelt sich um eine weitgehend sachliche Analyse der Demokratie, auch wenn diese mit einer klaren politischen Haltung verbunden ist. Demokratie , die das Leben jeder Person innerhalb der Gesellschaft bestimmen.
Daher muss diesem endlosen Wachstum systematisch entgegen gewirkt werden. Jul 26, Jairo Fraga rated it it was amazing. Hoppe disserta sobre o direito de discriminar, como base civilizacional. Feb 22, Patrick S. This is my "staple of libertarian" must-reads. I would say this book is two parts. English Transaction Publishers, Rutgers, N.
Transaction Publishers, Rutgers, N. German Hardcover: Italian Cloth: Korean Hardcover: Spanish Cloth: Polish Warsaw, Pearce, Book Review: Free-market roads Jurisdictional arbitrage Non-aggression principle Polycentric law Private police Private defense agency Private governance Private military company Self-ownership Spontaneous order. Compare, for a moment, democratic government with a rented vehicle.
The renter does not own the auto.
He therefore has no regard for its long-term health. So he guns the engine. He pounds on the brakes. Down its gullet he pours the lowest-test gasoline. Would he ever check the oil? And who, by the by, has ever washed a rental car? A privately owned fishing pond, for example, is unlike a public fishing pond open to all. Woods: A tendency to overfish would exist with a pond available in common to all comers; a private owner, on the other hand, thinks not simply of what can be profitably extracted from his property in the short term but also of the need to maintain a stock of fish to reproduce for next year and the year after that.
Here Hoppe applies the theory to democratic government: It must be regarded as unavoidable that public-government ownership results in continual capital consumption. Hoppe speaks of a king.
Unlike democracy, Hoppe contends, monarchy takes the long view. The monarch owns the apparatus of government. As will his heirs. So he naturally inclines to policies that increase the value of his property over time.
I understand the church runs a charity. Begin planning early for your retirement. And remember to save up against the rainy day. And let me mention it now — sugar is a far-from-healthy substance. Besides, you can find your health insurance on the private exchanges. Callous, perhaps? We cannot dispute it. But is it fiscally stable? Yes, it is.