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Gregory Hood and Chris Roberts discuss Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s book Democracy: The God that Failed. The hosts cover the limits of libertarianism, the problem with prioritizing economic theory over everything else, and question Prof. Hoppe’s claim that monarchy is better than democracy.

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Democracy, Libertarianism 
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  1. Realist says:

    Democracy: The God that Failed, is an excellent book

  2. Onebornfree says: • Website

    “The highfalutin aims of democracy, whether real or imaginary, are always assumed to be identical with its achievements. This, of course, is sheer hallucination. Not one of those aims, not even the aim of giving every adult a vote, has been realized. It has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.” H.L. Mencken

    “Democracy turns upon and devours itself. Universal suffrage, in theory the palladium of our liberties, becomes the assurance of our slavery. And that slavery will grow more and more abject and ignoble as the differential birth rate, the deliberate encouragement of mendicancy and the failure of popular education produce a larger and larger mass of prehensile half-wits, and so make the demagogues more and more secure.” H.L. Mencken

    “The doctrine that the cure for the evils of democracy is more democracy is like saying that the cure of crime is more crime.” H.L. Mencken

    “If x is the population of the United States and y is the degree of imbecility of the average American, then democracy is the theory that x times y is less than y” H.L. Mencken

    “The most popular man under a democracy is not the most democratic man, but the most despotic man. The common folk delight in the exactions of such a man. They like him to boss them. Their natural gait is the goose step.” H.L. Mencken

    “[T]here is only one sound argument for democracy, and that is the argument that it is a crime for any man to hold himself out as better than other men, and, above all, a most heinous offense for him to prove it.” H.L. Mencken

    “Liberty and democracy are eternal enemies, and every one knows it who has ever given any sober reflection to the matter.” H.L. Mencken

    “I confess I enjoy democracy immensely. It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.” H.L. Mencken

    “Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.” H.L. Mencken

    “Democracy-the domination of unreflective and timorous men, moved in vast herds by mob conditions.” H.L. Mencken

    “Free speech is too dangerous to a democracy to be permitted” H.L. Mencken

    Regards, onebornfree

  3. I don’t know if hood and Chris roberts read these comments, but I just wanted to say thanks for the great podcasts. Very dense and absorbing. Sometimes I listen several times! Keep up the good work.

  4. Greg Hood says: • Website

    I do, and thank you for your support. It really means a lot. Always open to suggestions for improvement or other authors we should take up.

    This is just the beginning.

    Greg Hood

    • Replies: @Happy Tapir
  5. @Greg Hood

    No prob. I’ve always read your work going way back. I just wanted you to know I appreciate the podcasts! I’ll try to think of authors to suggest, but you guys know way more here than I. Maybe something about Oakshott. I’ve been curious about him.

  6. Democracy can work again if they repeal the 19th and 14th amendments

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