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De democratie voorbij PDF Í De democratie PDF \

De democratie voorbij [KINDLE] ❃ De democratie voorbij By Frank Karsten – Why democracy does not lead to solidarity prosperity and liberty but to unrest runaway spending and a tyrannical governmentDemocracy is widely considered to be the best political system imaginable Ind Why democracy does not lead to solidarity prosperity and liberty but to unrest runaway spending and a tyrannical governmentDemocracy 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 De democratie PDF \ 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 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.

10 thoughts on “De democratie voorbij

  1. Fabricio Terán Fabricio Terán says:

    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 originsauthors 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 althought democracy

  2. Shane Shane says:

    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 opinionWhen it comes to the 'Beyond' portion it only offers again vague suggestions towards anarchy anarcho capitalism specifically This book does put forward some interesting and enlightening new channels of thought It just reads as an opener to a conversation instead of the reference I was expectingThis review may be a little judgmental than rightfully deserved because I was reading Problem of Political Authority An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey by Michael Huemer at the same time These books take a similar approach to different aspects of the same problem and even reach a similar conclusion anarcho capitalism Huemer's work is just so much better it hardly compares

  3. Dennis Beery Dennis Beery says:

    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 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 andor tax What is the tree that is bearing this awful fruit?Most Americans seem to think if we can just get the right people into office presidentCongressSupreme Court etc then things will be better In other words what we need they think is democracy In their book “Beyond Democracy” authors Frank Karsten and Karel Beckman get to the root of the problem the real tree producing the bad fruit democracy itself More specifically our national democratic republicIn the first section of their book Karsten and Beckman deal with the many myths that are put forth to show that we as a nation simply cannot live without democracy myths such as• Every vote counts• The people rule in a democracy• The majority is right• Democracy leads to prosperity• Democracy euals freedom and tolerance• There is no better alternativeIn Part 2 of the book the authors show why the national democratic process is utterly incapable of fixing the very problems it produces though it is uite adept at producing bureaucracy parasitism megalomania welfarism antisocial behavior and crime mediocrity and lower standards a culture of discontent and short termismIn Part 3 of the book the authors detail what that alternative is namely decentralization and individual liberty based on a contractual society It should come as no surprise to students of American history that our founders had a profound distrust of democracy In their view a strong central government such as we have today would be the death knell of liberty And a strong central government where our liberties are in serious decline is precisely what democracy has produced The authors are uick to point out that a society based on individual liberty and decentralization will not be Utopia But the many evils that have resulted from our democratic society particularly since the Civil War would be vastly reduced if not eliminatedOne weakness of the book is that the details of how a free society could come about in a country like the US are not spelled out though the authors do hold up Switzerland as a good if imperfect example of what a free society might look like The authors do mention secession but again details are few Lord willing I hope to review other books that go into depth in this area Overall the authors have produced an extremely thought provoking book for those who are willing to open their minds to an alternative to the bad tree of democracy

  4. Zach Zach says:

    I liked the critiues Not so much the solutions

  5. Felipe Schuermann Felipe Schuermann says:

    Democracy is not a blatant lie but a sugar coated half truth As for the book itself I highly recommend it as an intro to Hoppe's Democracy The God That Failed

  6. William Kiely William Kiely says:

    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 politicsI 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 the general public In fact the only other libertarian book I am aware of that is of comparable accessibility and readability to Beyond Democracy is Dr Mary J Ruwart's book Healing Our World in an Age of AggressionYou may thus be wondering why am I giving Beyond Democracy only three stars?My reason is that I do not think that the arguments contained within the book are good enough to persuade scholars academics or even average passionate supporters of other political ideologies to support libertarianism and oppose democracy I think rigorous arguments must be provided to defend the libertarian positionYou might point out that the purpose of this book was to reach a general audience not to persuade intellectuals so my low rating is not deserved But the reality is that that some of the people who read this book who support democracy and are skeptical of libertarianism may not be persuaded by the simple arguments contained within the bookIt is to them I wish to say this is not the best book out there Do not conclude that the views expressed in Beyond Democracy are laughable until you have read rigorous defenses of them as can be found in such books as Murray Rothbard's For a New Liberty The Libertarian Manifesto Hans Hermann Hoppe's Democracy The God That Failed The Economics and Politics of Monarchy Democracy and Natural Order and Michael Huemer's The Problem of Political Authority An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to ObeyRe posted from my blog Beyond Democracy Short Accessible and Highly Readable

  7. M. M. says:

    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 adeuately 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 its argument I think the authors do a pretty good job identifying some of the core problems with democracy and representative republicanism but do not extend the same problem spotting rigor to their own favored political economic arrangement I do recommend the book as a thought provoking informal critiue of democracy's weaknesses and as an informal introduction to libertarian ideas but the implied just trust us on this is unsatisfying I would prefer a clear eyed honest effort to evaluate the ideals of the pure free market and the sovereign individual whose decisions and actions magically can harm no one but himself a concept I consider impossible given human nature and the nature of the complex interdependent systems we are enmeshed in I do allow that political economic systems being human social systems must evolve to enable us to survive and navigate within the circumstances we are creating for ourselves It will be counterproductive to enshrine our past or current arrangements and practices as unuestionable or sacred Just as it's true that no human or group of humans is brilliant or well motivated enough to often choose the best course of action for all concerned it is eually true that a no governance situation will never exist among us There's no basis in human social experience to lead us to expect that a movement toward the theoretical free market among sovereign individuals can or will truly manifest no than there has ever been exclusive communism socialism or capitalism at any scale above a few hundred people We have to balance our approaches to optimize our outcomes

  8. KraFT KraFT says:

    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 onlyKraFT

  9. Thomas Jr. Thomas Jr. says:

    A very good read on election day while you're standing in line hoping you're going to make a difference

  10. Brian Brian says:

    Excellent analysis of the serious shortfalls inherent in democracy

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