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Hoppe's Democracy: The God That Failed

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10/16/2020Jeff DeistJayant Bhandari

With an ugly presidential election just three weeks away, we dive into Hans Hoppe's classic Democracy: The God That Failed to puncture some of the myths surrounding democracy and voting. Jayant Bhandari joins the show to discuss Hoppe's controversial thesis concerning monarchy and democracy, time preference and its manifestation in the two systems, the forces constraining monarchs, and the terrible incentives created for democratic rulers. This is a must-listen show for anyone interested in Hoppe's most famous work and its application to the problems western states face today. 

Find more from Jayant Bhandari on his website ( and his Twitter account (@JayantBhandari5).

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Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is former president of the Mises Institute. He is a writer, public speaker, and advocate for property, markets, and civil society. Jeff was chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul. Contact: email; Twitter.

Jayant Bhandari

Jayant is constantly traveling the world to look for investment opportunities, particularly in the natural resource sector. He advises institutional investors about his finds, and runs a yearly seminar in Vancouver titled Capitalism & Morality. He has also written for the Liberty magazine and Casey Research.