01/11/Hans-Hermann Hoppe Democracy-The God that Failed is a brilliant and unflinching work that will be of intense interest to scholars and students of. Democracy: The God that Failed by Hoppe 12/04/Hans-Hermann Hoppe. The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy, and Natural Order. Democracy has ratings and 58 reviews. Jason said: Hoppe’s argument is essentially a well-executed follow through of Etienne de la Boetie’s call to s.

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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. The data of history are logically compatible with any of such rival interpretations, and historians, insofar as they are just historians, have no way of deciding in favor of one or the other.

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. This book is democrach it just for that second portion demlcracy the book. Hoppe logically lays out solutions for private defense contrary to the state and further provides the answer to de democratization with the right of secession.

In fact, although aware of the economic and ethical deficiencies of democracy, both Mises and Rothbard had a soft spot for democracy and tended to view the transition from monarchy to democracy as progress.

Hans-Hermann Hoppe

There are detailed explanations regarding the operation of a natural order as a state-less social system with freely financed insurance agencies serving as competitive providers of law and order. It’s also one of the few places where he no longer has to rely on his premise that any government is unjust.

But he seems aware of them.

An Essay on Method Kansas City: How’s that for keeping up with technology? Having established a natural order as superior on utilitarian grounds, the author goes on to assess the prospects for achieving a natural order. That’s quite a feat. An appropriate term for this sort of intellectual endeavor would seem to be sociology.

In contrast, I will explain the rapid growth of state power in the course of the 20th century lamented by Mises and Rothbard as the systematic outcome of democracy and the democratic mindset, i. The novel approach to blame democracy to cause and magnitute of war was intriguing.


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. World War I began as an old-fashioned territorial dispute.

As the crowning achievement of Wilson’s foreign policy, hopoe new and artificial states: An economic and political masterpiece! No two straight lines can enclose a space. According to the approach adopted here, theoretical propositions like the ones just cited are accepted for what they apparently are: The God That Failed Cover of the first edition.

The case for anarcho-capitalist utopia seems a bit weaker essentially, that everything is done by contract, and there are insurance companies with a non-monopoly of force which take a lot of the protective functions of the state.

More importantly, however, World War I was not a traditional war fought over limited territorial objectives, but an ideological one; democrwcy Austria and America respectively were and were perceived as such by the contending parties the two countries that most clearly embodied the ideas in conflict with each other. 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.

In economist’s terms, it means that the particular incentive good presented to citizens in a democratic regime makes the “level of social time preference” go up. To avoid any misunderstanding: Further chapters take a more detailed look at what ‘cultural rot’ democracy inevitability leads to, focussing on the fact that democracy at its essence is an egalitarian political system, Hans Hermann Hoppe begins in the first few chapters arguing why, while being the lesser of two evils, monarchy is a more preferable system than democracy.

He’s clearly arguing deemocracy his hte ultimate perspective: While he obviously gdo the latter, he has many good things to say for the former.

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.

Oct 14, Ciera Harris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Still, if one carefully hans-hermannn 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.


Democracy: The God That Failed

That is, it is an Austrian Economics school view of world democratization. Though he does not endorse either system, Hoppe argues that between the two, monarchy has many advantages, not the least of which include greater individual liberty and prosperity. If the price of a good is lowered, either the same quantity or more will be bought than otherwise.

More and more programs that set up dangerous dependencies but also assured election and re-election of the patrons. If such a caste is to mobilize, this scholarly work must be treated as a foundation for the transition.

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To negate these propositions and assume, for instance, that a smaller quantity of a good might be preferred to a larger one of the same good, that what is being consumed now can possibly be consumed again in the future, or that cost-accounting could be accomplished also without factor prices, strikes one as absurd; and anyone engaged in “empirical research” and “testing” to determine which one of two contradictory propositions such as these does or does not hold appears to be either a fool or a fraud.

In light of these disillusioning experiences fundamental doubts concerning the virtues of the American system have resurfaced. The principle advantage that the political economist and philosopher has over the mere historian and the benefits to be gained from the study of political economy and philosophy by the historian is his knowledge of pure – a priori – social theory, which enables him to avoid otherwise unavoidable errors in the interpretation of sequences of complex historical data and present a theoretically corrected or “reconstructed,” and a decidedly critical or “revisionist” account of history.

Since the late s or early s, real wage incomes in the United States and in Western Europe have stagnated or even fallen.

Lastly the footnotes should be footnotes and please have mercy on readers by not quoting Mises at every penultimate page. Germans prefer Spain over Greece as vacation destination.