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

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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 re
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published February 2012 (first published April 1st 2011)
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Fabricio Terán
Mar 02, 2014 Fabricio Terán rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Dec 26, 2014 Shane rated it liked it
Shelves: economic-liberty
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
Dennis Beery
May 04, 2013 Dennis Beery rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 28, 2015 KraFT rated it it was ok

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.
Pedro Jorge
Jan 02, 2016 Pedro Jorge rated it really liked it
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.
Marcelo Reis
Jun 05, 2014 Marcelo Reis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sgt Bilko
Nov 13, 2012 Sgt Bilko rated it really liked it
A very good read on election day, while you're standing in line hoping you're going to make a difference...
René Van wissen
I thought it was good, and it phrased some ideas differently than I'd seen before.
Nov 03, 2012 Brian rated it it was amazing
Excellent analysis of the serious shortfalls inherent in democracy.
William Kiely
Jul 27, 2015 William Kiely rated it liked it
Short, Accessible and Highly Readable

The 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
Oct 03, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Recommends it for: open-minded, yet critical readers interested in political-economic ideas
Recommended to Mark by: no one
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 ...more
César Serradas
Oct 23, 2015 César Serradas rated it liked it
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 mais sobre o que
Pedro Faraco
Nov 27, 2014 Pedro Faraco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Claude Graves
Feb 12, 2016 Claude Graves rated it liked it
I liked the critiques. Not so much the solutions
Edwin Valladares
La verdad cruda

La verdad cruda

Me 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.
Dec 31, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it
Very good walkthrough of many of the most common myths related to the religion of democracy.
David Curtis
Jun 22, 2013 David Curtis rated it it was amazing
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A truly first class analysis of the shortcomings and problems of democracy.
Jun 21, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Pretty damning.
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“Actually, in its essence, democracy is a totalitarian ideology, though not as extreme as Nazism, fascism or communism. In principle, no freedom is safe in a democracy, every aspect of the individual's life is potentially subject to government control. At the end of the day, the minority is completely at the mercy of the whims of the majority. Even if a democracy has a constitution limiting the powers of the government, this constitution too can be amended by the majority. The only fundamental right you have in a democracy, besides running for office, is the right to vote for a political party. With that solitary vote you hand over your independence and your freedom to the will of the majority.” 2 likes
“You see, the democratic system automatically breeds politicians who promise more than they can deliver, because the politicians who promise the most are the ones who get elected. So why blame them?” 0 likes
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