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*FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In The Breakdown of Nations Leopold Kohr shows that, throughout history, people living in small states are happier. 9 Results Leopold Kohr. Follow. Follow on Amazon. Follow authors to get new release updates, plus improved recommendations and more coming soon. The first time I ever came across the name of Leopold Kohr was in a footnote of an obscure little academic volume called Size and Democracy, where he was.

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Like Herbert Read his publishing benefactor, Kohr described himself as a philosophical anarchist.

Anyone attacking using nukes would be retaliated against in kind. The Convivial Society The first and, indeed, the founding function of society seems to be strictly convivial. Archived at the Wayback Machine. The elite would, perhaps, have a military at their disposal to put down regional rebellions — unless the undersecretaries had thought of that first and paid off a few regional generals. leopolc

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There are good reasons for federalism. Kohr originated the concept of the human scale, an idea which was later popularized by his friend E. At first, do no harm! It is no exaggeration to call the Iraq War a nearly-unprecedented military and public relations disaster for the U. You may remember this cartoon. Too big to fail became the watchword of the day. It should also be stressed that none of the figures above represents dogmatic magnitudes.


Post Optimum Societies This does not mean that societies cannot grow beyond this limit. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Breakdown of Nations

As a Jew, his stay there was short lived. But this, too, had its limit. If you live in the U. There both had been, and would be continue to be, periods when small states could prevail. Kohr grew up in the small town of Oberndorf near Salzburgand it remained his ideal of community.

By now it was the s. Freedom for persons has clearly grown narrower and narrower until it is barely exists outside our vocabulary.

He described himself as a ” philosophical anarchist. The latter include, at most, a few hundred extended families.

Leopold Kohr

Ch are fabulous. It appears to be the one and only problem permeating all creation. Does anyone really think this is good, whether for workers or the economy at large? He overidealises the middle ages. Finally, it should be clear that Kohr was dead set against creating a European Union! A fairly decent read for most parts, first and last thirds are well written and make many good arguments, although some leipold are dated and rendered obsolete by latter day events, much remains relevant and pertinent.

It johr got me thinking how, set from the collapse of soviet union, the tables are again turning ever so discreetly and yet in the plain view of the international altair as new powers rise and spheres of influences gravitate toward their new contemporary equiliribums.

The impulse driving him to the formation of his first societies was therefore in all likelihood his desire for companionship. His vision called for a dissolution of centralized political and economic structures in favor of local control. Learn more at Author Central.

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Leopold Kohr was a leading thinker, a philosophical anarchist and an international university professor, who originated and firmly developed the concept of the human scale and the idea of a return to life in small communities. Things have indeed gotten worse. But if political units remained small, the capacity of rogue states to do damage, e. First, his economic argument is easy to dismiss.

There would still be sociopaths around, just as there always had been. Present-day institutions — governments, corporations, mega-states like the EU — are too big! James Madison and the Constitutionality of Nullification, W. If that happened, the EU would unravel rapidly. So grammar and review may both be a bit weird. Published December 31st by Green Books first published October 24th What benefits does he derive from it which he could not enjoy by living alone?

For differences in taste, temperament, and culture patterns give a wide elasticity to a person’s concept of shelter. Schumaker, author of Small Is Beautiful: Similarly, a society outgrowing koht proportions will at first become a bad, or critical, society by leoppold standards of its original purposes, and ultimately cease to be a society in the individualistic sense at all.