*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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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. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.
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Unlike most articles on Britannica. And to increase his productivity, he must specialize in activities in which he is particularly proficient, and then exchange his surplus product for that of other specialists. Britain faces its most important political decision for hundreds of years – whether or not to join a common European currency.
Thus, the same population of London, which now suffers severe overpopulation problems, enjoyed quite pleasant optimum conditions as recently as 50 years ago, when it was barely smaller in size but still living in a number of kojr, socially almost self-sufficient, communities. Politically, weak states seem to have just as bad problems as strong states.
He continued to advise independence movements in Spain, Wales, and elsewhere for as long as he lived.
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The Breakdown of Nations
If that happened, the EU would unravel rapidly. He overidealises the middle ages. Essays in Southern History and Culture Clyde Wilson A Collection of insightful essays on how Southerners think of themselves in the light of how they are perceived by outside cultural elites.
But since a full and rich material oohr must also provide for children, and since not all commodities can be produced at the rate of one unit per day, economic optimum social size requires actually an adult membership of perhaps 1, or a full membership of 4, or 5, inhabitants – a little less than the population of present-day Andorra or Anguilla.
Elopold is the power of the sword, which exercises power directly by pointing a gun at your head. The same principle applies to the size of society. Greed, bad political moves e.
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. He fled to the U.
The Breakdown of Nations
This won them a small but significant audience. English Choose a language for shopping. Leopold Kohr Optimum Size Archived from the original on They grow in complexity, often to correct for the unwieldiness.
Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Kohr saw that the two superpowers were on collision course, and unless one or both collapsed from within, the result would be a third world war. Checking power means checking both powers, and the only means of doing is: I cannot recommend The Breakdown of Nations enough!
Loepold book is signed by Livingston who wrote the “Introduction” and contributed an essay. Together they constitute the aggregate social function of providing man with the supreme content of Aristotle’s summum bonumthe good life.
Presented as archival content. Kohr was the originator, and for two and a half decades the solitary advocate, of the concept of the human scale and kohg idea of a return to life in small communities.
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But while specialization answers both the convivial and the economic optimum needs of a community, it breeds previously nonexisting complexities. Open Preview See a Problem? But fortunately, the concept of political optimum, unlike that of the economic or convivial optimum, is sufficiently elastic to permit a large enough extension to cover optimum size without affecting the optimal functioning of the political society.