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The Breakdown of Nations

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About the Author

Leopold Kohr was was the originator of the concept of 'the human scale', an idea later popularised by his friend E. F. Schumacher, notably in the best-selling book Small is Beautiful. Born near Salzburg in 1909, Kohr 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 also held visiting Professorships at Swansea, Cambridge, Mexico City and Salzburg. His other books include Development Without Aid, The Over-Developed Nations, Freedom From Government, and Is Wales Viable?. He died in 1994.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870098986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870098984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kohr calls for peaceful dissolution of nation states into smaller independent entities which can network or confederate as they choose. His book is a bible of the radical decentralist movement and applauded by anarchists, libertarians, greens alike. 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 nation state. Quote from Kohr, to give you a flavor:          There seems to be only one cause behind all forms of social misery: bigness. Oversimplified as this may seem, we shall find the idea more easily acceptable if we consider that bigness, or oversize, is really much more than just a social problem. It appears to be the one and only problem permeating all creation.Whenever something is wrong, something is too big.  And if the body of a people becomes diseased with the fever of aggression, brutality, collectivism, or massive idiocy, it is not because it has fallen victim to bad leadership or mental derangement. It is because human beings, so charming as individuals or in small aggregations have been welded onto overconcentrated social units. That is when they begin to slide into uncontrollable catastrophe. For social problems, to paraphrase the population doctrine of Thomas Malthus, have the unfortunate tendency to grow at a geometric ratio with the growth of the organism of which they are part, while the ability of man to cope with them, if it can be extended at all, grows only at an arithmetic ratio. Which means that, if a society grows beyond its optimum size, its problems must eventually outrun the growth of those human faculties which are necessary for dealing with them.         Hence it is always bigness, and only bigness, which is the problem of existence. The problem is not to grow but to stop growing; the answer: not union but division.  
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This is a very important book and as another review notes, it is truly a good thing that it is back in print.

As we migrate from the industrial era of pyramidal top-down command and control empires and police states, into the information era where We the People can impose home rule and buycotts that restore morality and kinship, this author's views are an essential part of the whole pciture, but not the whole picture.

Below I list ten other books, evenly divided betwee "top down is broken" and "bottom up is emergent."

Top down is broken books:
The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy
Breaking the Real Axis of Evil: How to Oust the World's Last Dictators by 2025
Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush

Bottom up is emergent books:
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I bought my first copy of this book a number of years ago. Since that time I've bought several more copies and am getting ready to buy another, because I've given the others to friends. 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.S. Mr. Kohl gives the answer to that query, although at the time he penned his study he believed such a dire fate would not befall the U.S. because its political structure (i.e., a federal republic) disperses political power in such a way as to inhibit the "bigness" that brings doom to any organization that becomes too large. It appears, though, that those who WANT the U.S. to abandon the federal/state structure and to become everything to everybody seem to absolutely hate this book. But Kohl was right. Read this the book and understand where the U.S. is headed.
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This book of Leopold Kohr's is an important read in today's America. We have become too centralized and too big. The influence of the individual decreases exponentially with the increase of the population in a society. Now is the time to make these positive changes. Now is the time to return to human size. Leopold Kohr shows this so clearly.
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50 years later this book hasn't aged a bit. It remains one of the most exact long-term forecast on the future of mankind.
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