*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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Military might required a powerful central state to oversee it. Globalist entities created by a free trade mythos be they the World Trade Organization or secretive agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that benefit primarily global corporations also consolidate too much power. I advise caution amongst US readers who should take much here with a pinch of salt. But if Greece persevered, self-determination could be her reward down the road!

Leopold Kohr

I have also wrote this right in the after glow of turning the last page so that has it’s effects too. In addition, he wanted it to provide facilities for education, oohr, hospitality, song, and sport, as well as protection from enemy attack.

Worse, it begets more bigness: So before we can arrive at a concept of optimum social size, we must first ask ourselves: The latter is probably a fair description of American crony capitalism, with its political class essentially owned by Wall Street and other lobbyists.

But either public or market-driven systems can be rendered workable under the right circumstances.

Leopold Kohr – Wikipedia

Investments would leave the peopold, a sign of disapproval by globalists. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. This book shows that throughout history people who Britain faces its most important political decision for hundreds of years – whether or not to join a common European currency. His vision called for a dissolution of centralized political and economic structures in favor of local control.


It is not light reading. Dutton edition of Leopold Kohr’s Breakdown of Nations. Kohr may be correct in stating that people were more satisfyed in the middle ages than they are leipold. He continued to advise independence movements in Spain, Wales, and elsewhere for as long as he lived.

Anarchism leoopld that there can ever be either rational justification or moral legitimacy for the state, as a self-legitimizing monopolist of aggression. There were plenty of other instances, vastly smaller, in which democratically elected popular leaders were crushed by U.

Some cannot account for hundreds of millions of dollars. But these are principally size commodities, not happiness commodities, which we need only if our communities have leoopld so big that we can no longer reach the inn, the theatre, the market, the fields and streams simply by walking around the comer.

For at this figure, a society is statistically huge enough to contain not only the greatest variety of talent but also the necessary number of ordinary citizens sufficiently interested in the variety of cultural offerings to provide for its material support.

There are good reasons for federalism. A larger group would increase variety but hurt constancy.

It opened my eyes and finally unified the threads of history i’ve picked up of the past decades from world war II till present day. Wars capable of laying waste to entire continents or the planet itself are only possible between expansionist empires.

For while the margin of leisure emerging from specialization relieves every person of part of his work, giving him time for enjoying the pleasures of convivium, it is too narrow to release anyone wholly. Politically, weak states seem to have just as bad problems as strong states. This, Kohr argues, is human nature.

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Culturally, his arguments seem to be attacking urbanization, not “big” states. Leopold Kohr was born near Salzburg, Austria, in But he could not enjoy company alone. Andrew rated it really liked it Jan 27, The Cultural Society The convivial society offers its members companionship, the economic society – leisure and wealth; the political society – security.

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The problems he names would exist even in some small states lropold as singapore. Who was Kohr; and what, precisely, was his message? It is clear that efforts to disarm the public would meet with violent resistance in states like Texas and probably elsewhere. Some of these draconian rules forbid children from opening lemonade stands, teenagers from shoveling snow, and adults from generating their own electricity off the grid.

See in this connection kkohr various attempts at defining the concept of social size in E. Large nation states were the primary visible actors on the global scene, and taken for granted as most were known quantities. To fulfil the companionship function to the fullest, that is to ensure both variety of contacts and constancy of relationships, in addition to the upkeep of communal meeting place such as a public house or commons, a membership of perhaps 80 to may be necessary.

He described himself as a ” philosophical anarchist.