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Beyond Democracy [Kindle Edition]

Frank Karsten , Karel Beckman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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 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 more, 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 more threatened? After reading his book, you won't wonder anymore - 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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About the Author

Karel Beckman is a writer and journalist. He is chief editor of the online medium Energy Post ( Before that he worked as journalist at the Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad. His personal website is Frank Karsten is founder of Mises Institute Netherlands and Stichting Meer Vrijheid (More Freedom Foundation), two Dutch libertarian organizations which act to reduce taxes and government intervention. He regularly appears in public to speak against the growing interference of the State in the lives of citizens.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007692VDW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Democracy is the road to socialism" is a well known quote by Karl Marx. Enough said. After re-reading H. Hazlitt's "Economy in One lesson" which, by the way, was written more than 60 years ago, but still feels like it was written yesterday, this book was a real revelation, and combination of the two, provide an excellent summary for everything that is going wrong in the western society.

There are numerous writings on this topic but the beauty of this book is in its compactness. It is well written, short and straight to the point, destroying the myth that democracy (as it is now used as a buzz-word) and more government regulations are universal solution to all the problems. It is actually the opposite, if people connect the dots, will quickly realize that democracy and the self-fulfilling trend of more and more government and more wealth confiscation which leads to increasingly less free market economic activity and increasingly less personal freedoms. The exponential trend of more government will always lead towards a socialist and ultimately a totalitarian society.

For people that are following the road to self-destruction of the EU in real-time, as frantically mismanaged by the elected and unelected (and "irreplaceable") politicians, every page of this book is like following a play script. It gives almost an undoubted feeling of what will come next.

It would have been great to include more references to the EU (not only the US) as EU was always the untested and mismanaged experiment and as we are currently living and witnessing the historical period which will determine its future, those references would be more than accurate and supported by real life arguments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 4 Feb. 2014
By G.F.
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At only 100 pages this actually took me a number of days to read.

I highlighted half of it, most of it I had to stop to ponder how true many statements where.

We've been indoctrinated to think Democracy is the 'best system there is', 'better than the alternative'. This short book smashed those suggestions apart.

I've read some radical books on Economics, Libertarianism etc. This is not radical at all, this is just common sense, that's what makes it such a great read. Not filled with facts and figures, and bloated arguments. Each section is short and succinct. If you think its not heavy enough then there is much more indept reading on the subject out there, consider this a primer, but in my opinion this book does not open ones mind a little to consider the damage Democracy does, its blows the door off. There's no going back after this.

Even though I'd agree with probably everything in this book I was still left stumped and speechless as to how obvious most of the flaws are with Democracy.

Whatever camp you fall into politically you'll certainly learn something from this book. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Democracy is not the answer 6 Jun. 2015
By Paul
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Have to agree with the majority of other reviewers. Some very interesting criticisms of democracy are raised. We too often take it for granted that democracy is the pinnacle of human governance when in truth it is little more than one politician after another bribing the electorate with promises of money only to deliver the wrong things to the wrong people.

Just wish I could think of an alternative to democracy now...perhaps starting my own nation with a dictatorship is the answer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A concise primer on competitive governance 16 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The idea that governments should compete for citizens, who vote with their feet, is beginning to gain wider attention. This book provides a brief but useful introduction to this proposal.
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