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The Breakdown of Nations has 69 ratings and 8 reviews. Rob said: ok, this guy had a five-star idea, and he started writing a five-star book, and then he. The Breakdown of Nations was the economist and political scientist, Leopold Kohr’s first book. It was published in , but is remarkably. The Breakdown of Nations. Leopold Kohr. , TO COLIN LODGE. CONTENTS. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS · FOREWORD by Kirkpatrick Sale.

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This is also my first review, first post in english and first post of anykind for that matter into the realms of internet. Make the modern man poor and he will drown himself in tears.

Whether the harm is inflicted by government, big corporations, small groups or at the personal level, Kohr understands why and how misery is created. It’s a fascinating read and will make you realize how much you yearn to belong to a real community and not just be an anoymous cipher in a giant natons state.

Read more Read less. Small is definitely beautiful, but much more than that, essential for our survival.

There are many secession movements out there, even in the US eg. I find it can be summarized in khor phrase: Good news if you support the Conservative Party, and its neoliberal, pro-rich policies.


Culturally, his arguments seem to be attacking urbanization, not “big” states.

The Breakdown of Nations by Leopold Kohr

By Source, Fair use, https: Many believe this would lead inexorably to a European superstate, so it is timely to re-examine the implications of the size of political groupings, whether they natilns states, nations or federations. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The problems he names would exist even in some small states such as singapore. Archived from the original on Schumacheranother prominent influence on these movements, whose best selling book Small Is Beautiful took its title from one of Kohr’s core principles.

Atleast in their most coherent formations brreakdown one’s mind.

Get Resilience delivered daily. Buy the natiions items together This item: He earned doctorate degrees in law, at the University of InnsbruckAustria, and political science, at the University of Vienna.

The Breakdown of Nations

Dec 16, Rob rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Don’t have a Kindle? Let other power blocs feast on our vacated place at the world table while we pursue our self-enforced agenda of economic localism, out of which some good could certainly come. One of Kohr’s students was economist E. Kohr confuses the issue by equating economic effectiveness with utility.

This book shows that throughout history people who have lived in small states, where political leaders are accessible rather than remote, are happier, more peaceful, more creative and more prosperous. Kohr first makes a good case for this claim, then says that we need to stop being hypocrites and accept it.

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By contrast, the Brexit campaign was founded on a conservative, nostalgic, modernist project of reclaiming sovereignty for the nation-state.

Kohr argued that smaller European states have an organic primacy over larger conglomerate polities — Scotland as against the UK, for example. The truth is, Westminster has a crushing, centralising, conservative, undemocratic grip on power — the notion that the referendum is somehow liberatory for a more sovereign and localised politics seems to me very much mistaken.

When I read it a few years ago I thought Kohr had some wise things to say.

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It remains one of the most exact long-term forecast on the future of mankind. And if the EU has become an unreformable cabal of power-hungry neoliberals, then so has Westminster, with bells on, for at least the last forty years. I have also wrote this right in the after glow of turning the last page so that has it’s effects too.