By Leopold Kohr
Within the Breakdown of countries Leopold Kohr exhibits that all through background, those who have lived in small states are happier, extra peaceable, extra inventive and extra wealthy. He argues that just about all our political and social difficulties will be drastically decreased if the world's significant nations have been to dissolve again into the small states from which they sprang. instead of making ever higher political unions, within the unsuitable trust that this can deliver peace and safety, we must always minimise the aggregation of strength through returning to a patchwork of small, quite powerless states, the place leaders are obtainable to and attentive to the folk.
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Breakdown of Nations by Leopold Kohr