10 Misconceptions That Favor Despotism: 21st Century Dictatorships in the Mind of their Victims

  • Published: May 31, 2015

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This book refers to the ideas that Western societies take this days as truth and end up favoring the emergence of despotic regimes, even born from elections. These ideas Benegas described as false are the absolute democracy, dictatorship identifying with physical violence, social democracy itself, egalitarianism, the class struggle, the pursuit of a wise government, identifying and state law, the overvaluation of the press to fight against tyranny, a very loose conception of corruption and income tax which has resulted in a strong surveillance system. While the analysis focuses on elected dictatorships in Latin America, the reader quickly recognize how these ideas have permeated the Western world and await the opportunist that use them in his favor.

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  •  Mike Reid

    Who is the most important libertarian writer ever?

    Informal poll: Who is the most important writer in the whole libertarian tradition? Thomas Paine Rose Wilder Lane Murray Rothbard Ayn Rand (I know, I know, she doesn’t want to be on this list, but she is) JRR Tolkien Some other? I’m looking through the table of contents in Jeff Riggenbach’s The Libertarian Tradition and trying figure out who deserves the top spot.

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  •  Jose Benegas

    10 misconceptions that favor despotism

    People tend to think that despots are a surprise. Suddenly a society encounters a Hugo Chavez, a Hitler, a Fidel Castro, Mussolini. After that society suffers as a victim the rigors of despotism. In this book I put myself away of the the myth of the innocent society. On the contrary, the despot is the product of misconceptions that have been injected or prevail in a society. They are very specific ideas, completely incompatible with the notion of limited government, representation and rule of law. The book is now available in the Liberty.me library to download. Those misconceptions, which are not exhausted in this list are: identification of dictatorship with physical violence, absolute democracy, social democracy, egalitarianism, the class struggle, identifying legislative will of state law and the pursuit of government wise, the income tax even the notion that the press is going to keep us free. And there is an answer that we can search together: Can this happen in the USA? Just ask yourself if these misconceptions are already settled.

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  •  Mike Reid

    A Century of Anarchy

    A Century of Anarchy: Neutral Moresnet through the Revisionist Lens “In this brief but thoroughly fascinating essay on the little-known neutral and stateless territory of Moresnet, Pete Earle does for 19th Century Europe what James C. Scott did for the highlands of Southeast Asia in his book The Art of Not Being Governed. He provides yet another and very recent example of the peace and prosperity that are possible in the absence of coercive government – or, as Albert Jay Nock would have put it, in the presence of government without the State. A must for every reader interested in the practicality of anarchism.” ~ Jeff Riggenbach (This book will be free to Liberty.me members in the month of August.) Kick off the discussion! Questions, comments, observations or elaborations? Either reply here or create a new discussion using the tag Library_a-century-of-anarchy

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