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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition = 99 cents - The mind opening effect - PRICELESS!, 12 July 2012
"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.

Secondly, although a bit off the topic, it would have been great to include clear references to the concept of monopolistic creation of fiat money by the central banks, which is the most powerful weapon of power that is used by the ruling elites for achieving their goals and creates the greatest destructive force of freedom without precedent.

All in all - great book, on the right topic, in the right moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book!, 4 Feb 2014
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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 A concise primer on competitive governance, 16 Feb 2013
Dr. Dylan Evans (Gloucestershire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Beyond Democracy (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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