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Old 03-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Against Democracy

Hi!

Could anyone recommend a book that presents some arguments against democracy? I would like to enhance my knowledge on this topic. Either in English or in French.

I found this book, but it looks like a very painful/boring one.

I thought that if there's a place where I can find what I'm looking for, it would be here.

Thank you!
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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Democracy as a whole or specific features of it? (Such as populism, parliamentarism, personality cults, etc?)
"Democracy" has many flavors ranging from kleptocracies to representative republics, each with its own specific set of dynamics to be evauated.
Also, are you looking for contemporary titles or classics?
For the latter, you might look to DeTocqueville and Edmund Burke.

For something contemporary, this might serve:
http://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Dem.../dp/0393058352

Or, for a broader view:
http://www.amazon.com/Shield-Achille...hilles+bobbitt

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Old 03-15-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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The sad fact that people interchange the word democracy with capitalism allows many authors, including Noam Chomsky, to decry the former, when it is really capitalism or big government that they want to attack.

Even when the proper subject is covered, the argument is more about forms of democracy and why one is preferable to another, e.g., constitutional monarchy (British) vs. three-branch representative system (U.S). See Walter Bagehot's book, The English Constitution.

The reason we don't see too many history books promoting totalitarianism, aristocracy, plutocracy, or even meritocracy is that the authors would be quickly discredited. About the best one can hope for are books comparing various systems. Try Aron's book, for example.

A search of Amazon lists a number of anti-democracy books:

http://www.amazon.com/Books-tagged-a.../R1HOQX81S3MRM

This might be a useful place to begin research on what appears to be an interesting (but, frightening) line of thought. It figures that Wikipedia also has a page devoted to this subject:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-democratic_thought

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Old 03-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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The Republic by Plato
Leviathan by Thomas Hobbs
and most religious tracts
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:17 AM   #5
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I agree that Plato & Burke are a good places to start, but also pretty much anything by Nietzsche. And though it's not specifically anti-democratic, i'd also suggest Machiavelli.
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