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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 foresees secession as the likely future of the US and Europe, resulting in a multitude of region and city-states. 

Democracy: The God That Failed is a brilliant and unflinching work that will be of intense interest to scholars and students of history, political economy, and political philosophy.

©2001 Routledge (P)2021 Ludwig von Mises Institute

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The equivalent of flat earthism

It is a pamphlet sustaining that democracy’s the worst system possible, without real analysis (see the correlation democracy/criminality!)
No doubts, no nuisances, just a passionate aggressive form of radical libertarian ideas, that others were more able to defend.
The reader is perfect in giving the prophetical and militant tone.
A thought that, probably without wanting, open space to fascism.
I tried to read for understanding better these ideas, but I waste time and money

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Essential Modern Right Wing Listening

Well spoken, great thinking, a good rebuttal to the myth of free markets leading to cultural decay.

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  • No to Statism
  • 17-06-21

Excellent Audiobook!

Dr. Hoppe does a terrific job presenting the material of this book. I want to thank the Mises Institute and Audible for bringing this great title to us...many, many thanks!

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  • B.F.
  • 29-06-21

Paleo-Libertarian Bastion, Must listen/read.

One of the best modern books explaining liberty in all aspects of life, economics and government. Definitely the pupil of Rothbard. Really gets the ol' noggin' joggin'!

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  • Timothy Charles Worthington
  • 28-05-21

Paradigm Changing Book

This book lays out the fundamental problem with Western Civilization as well as the solution.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-08-21

Audiobook Chapter 11 is actually a repeat of Chapter 9

Terrific book. However, Chapter 11 “On the Errors of Classical Liberalism and the Future of Liberty” is not included. Instead, the audiobook repeats Chapter 9 and then goes straight to Chapter 12 as the next chapter on National Defense. Perhaps it is included later but I wanted to write this review just in case I forgot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-21

relevant to today

fell in love with the authors work and ideas after reading the sovereign individual. wanted to read more.

this book is an excellent summary explaining the current degeneration and tyranny of modern western liberal democracy. last three chapters hit particularly hard.

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  • Bladesmith
  • 03-09-21

Compelling

Very compelling explanation of anarcho-capitalism. Technical and sometimes difficult, nonetheless worth a listen if you are inclined toward libertarian thinking.

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  • Walker
  • 24-07-21

insightful book

Hans Herman Hoppe has the courage to take on one of Western society's sacred values: democracy. He convincingly describe the inherent problems with democratic rule and it's corruption of the general public

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-21

Great collection

Hoppe's accent is thick and that was one obstacle I'd hoped to overcome with this audiobook. Unfortunately, the English accent of the narrator was just as difficult for me. Still, great book.