Beyond Democracy: Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to social conflict, runaway spending and a tyrannical government

Beyond Democracy Why democracy does not lead to solidarity prosperity and liberty but to social conflict runaway spending and a tyrannical government Why democracy does not lead to solidarity prosperity and liberty but to unrest runaway spending and a tyrannical government Democracy is widely considered to be the best political system imaginable

  • Title: Beyond Democracy: Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to social conflict, runaway spending and a tyrannical government
  • Author: Frank Karsten Karel Beckman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Why democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to unrest, runaway spending and a tyrannical government.Democracy is widely considered to be the best political system imaginable Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that democracy has become a secular religion The largest political faith on earth To criticize the democratic ideal is to risk being reWhy democracy does not lead to solidarity, prosperity and liberty but to unrest, runaway spending and a tyrannical government.Democracy is widely considered to be the best political system imaginable Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say that democracy has become a secular religion The largest political faith on earth To criticize the democratic ideal is to risk being regarded an enemy of civilized society Yet that is precisely what Karel Beckman and Frank Karsten propose to do In this provocative and highly readable book, they tackle the last political taboo the idea that our salvation lies in democracy With simple, straightforward arguments they show that democracy, in contrast to popular belief, does not lead to freedom, civilization, prosperity, peace, and the rule of law, but the opposite to loss of freedom, social conflict, runaway government spending, a lower standard of living and the subversion of individual rights They debunk 13 great myths with which democracy is usually defended What is , they offer an appealing alternative a society based on individual freedom and voluntary social relations Do you wonder why government keeps growing bigger and the public debt keeps getting higher, while your freedom and prosperity look ever threatened After reading his book, you won t wonder any you know why it is happening and what can be done about it Beyond Democracy is a groundbreaking and fascinating book for everyone who wants to better understand current social problems and the economic crisis.

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    1. A synthesis of several arguments I have read in years of theorical analysis. For the most intellectual is a refresh of differents points from differents origins/authors about the problems of democracy. For general public this book should be amazing because they can get deep arguments in an easy way. This introduction not only will be useful for the beginning of an intellectual journey, also for a change in the political agenda for many activists that still believes that freedom could be achieved [...]

    2. Jesus said that a bad tree bears bad fruit and that every tree is known by the fruit it produces. Can anyone deny that we are seeing a lot of bad fruit in America today: endless wars, ever more burdensome taxes, basic God-given rights eroded, and debts that we as a nation can never hope to repay. There is virtually no area of our life that our government does not attempt to regulate and/or tax. What is the tree that is bearing this awful fruit?Most Americans seem to think if we can just get the [...]

    3. Three and a half stars. This was an interesting, although very short work with some good ideas. It starts off listing commonly accepted myths about democracy and attempting to refute them. I say attempting; because it uses vague allegory and analogy over concrete evidence and example. This is a generalization because there are a few solid examples, just not enough to make this a decisive work in my opinion.When it comes to the 'Beyond' portion, it only offers again vague suggestions towards anar [...]

    4. Li a versão portuguesa traduzida para o Instituto Mises Brasil e achei o livro pouco prolixo, eu diria até mal escrito. Um bom compêndio de criticas à democracia. Não é um livro profundo e para os libertários mais informados será algo bastante superficial: à excepção de alguns exemplos não acrescentou muito. GOstaria que o livro tivesse uma abordagem ética e não apenas operacional/utilitarista. Recomendo para quem se esteja a inteirar do libertarianismo e para quem queira saber mai [...]

    5. while not a classic, it sure is a fun read that shows the layman why Democracy is not that good as the political correctness paints it. I would say it is a 3 out of 5 with a bonus point for the courage to go against the winds of our stupid modernity.

    6. Excelente livro em que os autores explicam, de forma bastante didática, porque a democracia leva ao aumento do Estado e diminuição da liberdade. Um livro que vai fazer você rever muitas das suas ideias.

    7. Nice book that targets "democracy myths" and “stereotypes” that are attached to democracy, by default. I would have rate this book higher if authors did not used "those myths" and “stereotypes” as a jumping point towards libertarianism, that I value a lot, as a "point of view" only.KraFT

    8. Wie jeder weiß ist Demokratie eines der großartigsten Erfindungen der Menschheit, der wir unseren Wohlstand, unseren derzeitigen Frieden und unser überlegenes Rechtssystem verdanken. Mit diesem und anderen Mythen wird in dem Buch kräftig aufgeräumt. Da ich mir bereits vor dem Buch Gedanken zu diesem Thema gemacht habe, war mir bekannt, dass vieles davon nicht wahr ist und wir unseren Wohlstand nicht wegen sondern eher trotz der Demokratie haben. Der Ursprung unseres heutigen Wohlstands war [...]

    9. Lo que propone, en un resumen estricto, es la reducción del poder de nuestros políticos, la limitación de la partitocracia y la destrucción del clientelismo, este mal que aqueja a las sociedades mediterráneas desde la época de Roma.Ideas muy sencillas pero potentes, directamente a la yugular de las pseudo-democracias que sufrimos en Occidente y que no son sino dictaduras socialistas "blandas", pero dictaduras al fin y al cabo.Su corta longitud es, simultáneamente, una ventaja y un inconve [...]

    10. Short, Accessible and Highly ReadableThe main merit of this book is its short, accessible, and highly readable defense of the view that there are better ways to organize society than democracy. Any friend, co-worker, or family member could get through this book, even if he or she has no interest in politics.I am a libertarian anarchist and strongly agree with the authors' opposition to democratic governments. I fully understand that there is a shortage of libertarian books that are accessible to [...]

    11. An engagingly written, though unconvincing argument that the free market and idealistic libertarian hyper-individualism, if allowed to operate with no external governance, would produce the best possible world. They write, "this is not utopian," but because they do not adequately identify and address the real-world challenges to their theory--such as the perennial willingness of humans to take advantage of others when they are ungoverned--the book fails to carry it's argument. I think the author [...]

    12. O livro é uma brilhante e completa critica à democracia, derrubando cada um dos mitos que a humanidade vem depositando sobre este sistema de governo desde o fim do século XIX. Escrito em linguagem muito acessível e repleto de exemplos atuais que ajudam a solidificar o entendimento. Esta é daquelas obras que têm o poder de mudar profundamente nossa perspectiva sobre a política mainstream ocidental.

    13. La verdad crudaLa verdad crudaMe agradó porqué dice la verdad y realidad de lo que es una democracia hoy en día. Como los partidos y políticos no utilizan cada cuatro años y esa minoría de un 51% domina el restante 49% con el voto mayoritario de la Cámara y Senado. Diciendo que gobiernan para la gente y es falso sólo gobiernan para sus intereses y posiciones egoístas.

    14. Zij maken soms goede punten, maar het meeste wat beschreven is spreekt zichzelf enorm tegen. Het lijkt mij niet realistisch. Ik zie ook de huidige democratie niet als eindpunt, maar deze oplossing is niet volledig.

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