In a recent video interview for Mises Romania, author and philosopher Dr Hans-Hermann Hoppe spoke about the rise and fall of the welfare state and our prospects of liberty and traditional society with natural elites (versus state elites). In so doing, Dr Hoppe contrasted the involuntary statist system of central banking, centralisation and forced integration that has marked the modern democratic era with the rise of the the USSR (which has thankfully fallen already due to its economic system which was even more flawed than is the current EU and US system), European Union and United States with a de-centralised system of small political units led by natural elites. As Dr Hoppe points out, the democratic age has been an extremely bloody one with large “nation-states” (which are in fact generally expansive, multinational regions ruled over by a centralised bureaucratic state) killing many tens of millions of people in the last hundred years. These large political units have also in numerous cases destroyed human diversity around the world by purposefully eradicating many distinct cultural and national groups through either forced-assimilation and integration or else outright genocide. Dr Hoppe believes the collapse of the modern welfare state is inevitable (and indeed this seems to be playing out rapidly before our eyes in the news on a daily basis) and the separation of the existing large political units (the European Union and the United States in particular) into smaller political units represent our best hope for a return to a sounder economic footing, the survival of distinct Western cultures and nations of people, fewer catastrophic wars and traditional societies led by natural elites.
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