Making the World Safe From Democracy
Hans-Hermann Hoppe discusses why internally liberal states tend to be Imperialist powers and how the spirit of Democracy has contributed to the de-civilization in the conduct of war.
More specifically Hoppe explains the rise of the United States to the rank of the world’s foremost Imperial power, as a consequence of the transformation, from the beginnings of an Aristocratic Republic to a mass Democracy, and the role of the United States as an increasingly arrogant war monger. What stands in the way of peace and civilization is above all the state and democracy.
0:23 — Transformation of the United States
1:12 — Democratic Peace Theory
2:10 — The Critique of the Premise and Conclusion
- Democracies do not go to war against each other
- Hence, the entire world must be made democratic
- Many states are not democratic today
- Hence, war must be made to create lasting peace
4:03 — What the Post War Period Proves
- Do Democracies go to war with each-other?
4:45 — What about Democracy as Solution?
5:30 — Only Democracy and Non-Democracy?
6:43 — Transition from Monarchical to Democratic Age
7:10 — World War I
8:22 — The Results and thus World War II
9:54 — Democracy is a stable equilibrium?
- The Mistreatment of Minorities
- Democracy does not work in multi-ethnic societies, does not create peace but promotes conflict and has potentially genocidal tendencies
11:07 — Class Warfare, Economic Crises, & Dictatorship
- Oppression and extermination of minorities
12:38 — Making the World Safe From Democracy
This is an excerpt from a speech entitled The Origin And Nature Of International Conflict, presented by Hans-Hermann Hoppe recipient of the 2006 Schlarbaum Award For Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Seminar: “Imperialism: Enemy of Freedom.”
- Friedman: "In my view, the fundamental conflict is not between bad men and good men but between mistaken beliefs and correct beliefs."
- Rothbard: "Granted that life is more pleasant following this tack, but alas, it misses the crucial point. Also, it is unpleasantly reminiscent of the tactic of all ruling classes in history: criticize inflation, but never the inflators; price controls, but never the people doing the controlling, etc. The point is that sins, errors, evils, etc. are not just floating abstractions; they are committed by real persons in the real world, and therefore they cannot be combatted unless people know what is going on in the concrete and who is doing it. Who is inflating and regulating, and for what purpose? It is at that point that we realize that not just abstract error but conscious evil is being perpetrated for the sake of ill-gotten money and power." (From the Jan '81 edition of the Libertarian Forum)
500th post! The Mises Seminar in Sydney was a great success. Plans for organizing the second event are already underway. The speeches were recorded and are able to be viewed here (1080p) with more to come. We’re also pleased to announce a new Libertarian Publication:
To mark the historic Mises Seminar in Sydney, Liberty Australia is launching The Journal of Peace, Prosperity and Freedom. It will be dedicated to Austrian economics, revisionist history, legal arguments from an individualist perspective and other topics not adequately addressed by the IPA Review and Policy. The primary focus will be on Australia, although analysis of other countries is welcome too.
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