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Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War  
Author Ludwig von Mises
Country United States
Language English
Subject(s) Nazism, Nationalism, Socialism, Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany
Genre(s) Non-fiction
Publisher Yale University Press, Libertarian Press
Publication date 1944
Pages ix, 291 pp
ISBN NA

Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War is a book by influential Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises first published in 1944 by Yale University Press. It is one of the most influential writings in libertarian social thought and an indicting critique of statist ideology and socialism, examining the rise of Nazism as an example. The book treats Nazism as a species of orthodox socialist theory, contrary to the popular belief that Nazism and Communism represent opposite ends of an ideological continuum. At the same time the book offers a critique of economic interventionism, industrial central planning, the welfare state and world government, denouncing the trends of the Western Allies towards the total state. The book was made available online by the Ludwig von Mises Institute in 2004.[1]

Contents

Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Collapse of German Liberalism
1. German Liberalism
2. The Triumph of Militarism
  • Part II. Nationalism
3. Etatism
4. Etatism and Nationalism
5. Refutation of Some Fallacious Explanations
  • Part III. German Nazism
6. The Peculiar Characteristics of German Nationalism
7. The Social Democrats in Imperial Germany
8. Anti-Semitism and Racism
9. The Weimar Republic and Its Collapse
10. Nazism as a World Problem
  • Part IV. The Future of Western Civilizations
11. The Delusion of World Planning
12. Peace Schemes
  • Conclusion
  • Index

Publication history

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Reviews

Basch, Antonin (1944). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government. The American Economic Review 34.4, 899-903.
Baster, A. S. J. (1945). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government. Economica, New Series 12.45, 39-40.
Coker, Francis W. (1944). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government; The Rise of the Total State and Total War. The American Political Science Review 38.5, 1003-1005.
Hessen, Robert (1970). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government. The Objectivist 9.8.
Hexner, Ervin (1945). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government. The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Social Forces 23.4, 466-467.
Kohn, Hans (1945). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War. The American Historical Review 50.3, 531-533.
Minshall, T. H. (1947). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government. The Rise of the Total State and Total War. International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs 1944-) 23.2, 240-241.
Passant, E. J. (1944). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government, and Norman Angell, Let the People Know. The Economic Journal 54.215/216, 384-387.
Robson, Charles B. (1945). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government; The Rise of the Total State and Total War. The Journal of Politics 7.1, 98-100.
Rothbard, Murray N. (1975). Reviews of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government and Theory and History. Libertarian Review, June 1975, p. 1.
Simons, Henry C. (1944). Review of Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 236, Adolescents in Wartime, pp. 192-193

Translations

  • (Spanish) Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotencia Gubernamental. Translated by Pedro Elgoibar. Mexico: Editorial Hermes, n.d.
  • (French) Ludwig von Mises, Le Gouvernement Omnipotent de L`État Totalitaire à la Guerre Total. Translated by M. de Hulster. Paris: Librairie de Médicis, 1947.
  • (German) Ludwig von Mises, Im Namen des Staates, oder Die Gefahren des Kollektivismus [In the Name of the State: or the Dangers of Collectivism]. Stuttgart: Bonn Aktuell, 1978. ISBN 3879590915
  • (Russian) Людвиг фон Мизес, Всемогущее правительство: Тотальное государство и тотальная война. Moscow: Социум, 2007. ISBN 5901901601.

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ Jeffrey Tucker. Books, Online and Off, March 22, 2004.

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