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 ยท FOREWORD by Kirkpatrick Sale.

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Quote from Kohr, to give you a flavor: Andrew rated it really liked it Jan 27, Kohr taught economics and political philosophy at Rutgers Universityin the U. At first his theory often shortend as “Small is Beautiful” wasn’t taking very seriously in academic cicles even being called “fairy tale” by a “Times” criticbut began to gain popularity over the last centuries.

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So grammar and review may both be a bit weird. Of course, actions must follow our reading and understanding. Jason rated it it was amazing Mar 03, In his first published essay “Disunion Now: Kohr confuses the issue by equating economic effectiveness with utility. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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You can’t make this stuff up, nor can you refute the arguments. I find it can be summarized in a phrase: Breakdowb than making ever-larger political unions, leopolf the belief that this will bring peace and security, we should minimize the aggregation of power by returning to a patchwork of small, relatively powerless states, where leaders are accessible to and responsive to the people.


Leopold Kohr a double Phd professor and refugee explains why all the methods for managing our international relations, businesses and every level of government are bound to fail.

Read more Read less. Retrieved from ” https: It is because human beings, so charming as individuals or in small aggregations have oohr welded onto overconcentrated social units. By that, nations can interact in the form of equal federalism.

Many of my friends in the States fear, on a very basic level, whether the fate that befell great countries of the past can come to the U. Don’t have a Kindle? Kohr’s whimsical manner is disarming and the book is far from scholarly.

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Slightly precognitive in some respects, and galling as a non-US citizen. There are many aspects to that lack of democracy. Whenever something is wrong, something is too big.

Schumacher, notably natiosn his book Small is Beautiful. Many believe this would lead inexorably to a European superstate, so it is timely to re-examine nationa implications of the size of political groupings, whether they are states, nations or federations.

Buy the selected items together This item: A considered retreat is one thing, unforced self-destruction quite another.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. For me, this book sweeps away mountains of more narrowly-focused commentary. Schumacheranother prominent influence on these movements, whose best selling book Small Is Beautiful took its title from one of Kohr’s core principles. Barbara rated it liked it May 05, Of all things I’ve read, this comes the closest to explaining the root cause of social evil. My country needs you. I think the worst if probably the likeliest thing now would be a messy compromise, which will leave the Brexit voters feeling cheated of their victory.


There are many secession movements out there, even in the US eg. Atleast in their most coherent formations in one’s mind. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This idea is premised on the logic that one “power pool” tries to overcome the other “power pool” – no matter what – as soon as it realizes that it can overcome it without resistance. Kohr was truly fortelling the history of the future, that is now past, by writing this book, which proves more revealing of the current history at the ever moving passage of time.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He argued that massive external aid to poorer nations stifled local initiatives and participation. Culturally, his peopold seem to be attacking urbanization, not “big” states. Phillip rated it it was amazing Oct 21, Kohr described himself as a ” philosophical anarchist.

Born near Salzburg inKohr was an economist by profession, holding academic positions at many universities, including Professor of Economics and Public Administration at the University of Puerto Rico; he thee held visiting Professorships at Swansea, Cambridge, Mexico City and Salzburg.

Kapil Kaisare rated it did not like it Jun 06, These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Go and get this book, read it, and start telling your friends! Half a century after its initial publication, this is still an extremely relevant analysis of the political and economical problems we face kohrr.