Democracy and the Fall of the West

Democracy and the Fall of the West

by Craig Smith, Tom Miers
     
 

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Democracy is killing the West. That is the stunning conclusion of this book that tears apart the consensus underpinning modern political assumptions. Democracy is held to solve one of the oldest puzzles of human social life: how do we ensure that our rulers have a legitimate mandate and rule in the interests of the whole community? We are supposedly now guided

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Democracy is killing the West. That is the stunning conclusion of this book that tears apart the consensus underpinning modern political assumptions. Democracy is held to solve one of the oldest puzzles of human social life: how do we ensure that our rulers have a legitimate mandate and rule in the interests of the whole community? We are supposedly now guided by institutions whose democratic mandate ensures that they will govern in a benign manner in the interests of all. Democracy & the Fall of the West challenges that assumption by drawing on an alternative theory about the nature of modern democracy and its impact on Western society. It argues that the secret of the West's success is not Democracy, but Liberalism. Craig Smith and Tom Miers demonstrate that, since the introduction of democracy, the power of the state has re-grown at the expense of the liberty of the individual. Far from underpinning our freedoms, Democracy is in fact undermining them. It has unshackled the coercive power of the state, and will result in the inevitable decline of the West as we know it.

Editorial Reviews

Economic Affairs - Alan Peacock

"Considers contemporary concerns of great importance and the writing displays a precision and style more in keeping with the classical political economy tradition and is much the better for that."

Scientific and Medical Network

"They see liberalism under the rule of law is the vital component of Western success."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845402150
Publisher:
Imprint Academic
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Societas Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Craig Smith is a Lecturer in Moral Philosophy at St Andrews University.

Tom Miers is an independent public policy consultant.

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