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Democracy - De-Civilization?

http://www.hanshoppe.com/publications/time_preference.pdf

I’m much too decadent and complacent to read all that. Video please!

That is possibly the most exhausting reading I’ve done ever. The payoff:

"It must be made clear that it is not government (monarchical or democratic) but private property, and the recognition and defense of private property rights, which is the ultimate source of human civilization.

… - ideological support should be given to all decentralizing or even secessionist forces. "

How very revolutionary, and dare I say - conservative? I wonder about Mr. Hoppe’s opinion on the US civil war?

[quote]Cunnivore wrote:
That is possibly the most exhausting reading I’ve done ever. The payoff:

"It must be made clear that it is not government (monarchical or democratic) but private property, and the recognition and defense of private property rights, which is the ultimate source of human civilization.

… - ideological support should be given to all decentralizing or even secessionist forces. "

How very revolutionary, and dare I say - conservative? I wonder about Mr. Hoppe’s opinion on the US civil war?[/quote]

A few more ideas:

Private ownership of governmnet power leads to the responsible use of government power.

Is wealth distribution institutionalised theft?

Social Democracies by slowing down the process of capital building slow down or destroy the process of civilization itself and this is only possible in a democracy.

A related question:

Do people have rights or are the people the souvereign?

This theory is only valid if the “actors” do in fact demostrate such behavior preferences. This theory also makes the assumption that the preferences are dichotomic in nature–i.e., more verses less, etc.