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Omnipotent Government, by Ludwig von Mises

the rise of the total state and total war

At the close of the Second World War, Mises saw the destruction of the old world and the beginnings of a new one that did not look promising, especially for European politics. Socialism appeared to sweep all before it, and the social democratic variety in the West was not much of an improvement. Mises set out to explain and bitterly denounce the trends toward the total state, and demonstrate that Communism and Nazism were both species of interventionism.

Though Hayek's book The Road to Serfdom was more widely promoted, and achieved a far greater fame, this Mises work, which appeared in the same year, offers a more consistent critique of industrial central planning, warfare, and the welfare state. There are no concessions to the prevailing social democratic consensus, and Mises is no less harsh on interventionism of the democratic form. The last chapter is a prescient critique of the idea of world government, including world trade agreements.

This volume includes:

Part I. The Collapse of German Liberalism

   I. German Liberalism
      The Ancien Régime and Liberalism
      The Weakness of German Liberalism
      The Prussian Army
      The Constitutional Conflict in Prussia
      The "Little German" Program
      The Lassalle Episode

   II. The Triumph of Militarism
      The Prussian Army in the New German Empire
      German Militarism
      The Liberals and Militarism
      The Current Explanation of the Success of Militarism

Part II. Nationalism

   III. Etatism
      The New Mentality
      The State
      The Political and Social Doctrines of Liberalism
      Socialism in Russia and in Germany
      Etatism and Protectionism
      Economic Nationalism and Domestic Monopoly Prices
      German Protectionism

   IV. Etatism and Nationalism
      The Principle of Nationality
      The Linguistic Group
      Liberalism and the Principle of Nationality
      Aggressive Nationalism
      Colonial Imperialism
      Foreign Investment and Foreign Loans
      Total War
      Socialism and War

   V. Refutation of Some Fallacious Explanations
      The Shortcomings of Current Explanations
      The Alleged Irrationality of Nationalism
      The Aristocratic Doctrine
      Misapprehended Darwinism
      The Role of Chauvinism
      The Role of Myths

Part III. German Nazism

   VI. The Peculiar Characteristics of German Nationalism
      The Awakening
      The Ascendency of Pan-Germanism
      German Nationalism Within an Etatist World
      A Critique of German Nationalism
      Nazism and German Philosophy
      Pan-Germanism and Nazism

   VII. The Social Democrats in Imperial Germany
      The Legend
      Marxism and the Labor Movement
      The German Workers and the German State
      The Social Democrats Within the German Caste System
      The Social Democrats and War

   VIII. Anti-Semitism and Racism
      The Role of Racism
      The Struggle Against the Jewish Mind
      Interventionism and Legal Discrimination Against Jews
      The "Stab in the Back"
      Anti-Semitism as a Factor in International Politics

   IX. The Weimar Republic and Its Collapse
      The Weimar Constitution
      The Abortive Socialization
      The Armed Parties
      The Treaty of Versailles
      The Economic Depression
      Nazism and German Labor
      The Foreign Critics of Nazism

   X. Nazism as a World Problem
      The Scope and Limitations of History
      The Fallacy of the Concept of "National Character"
      Germany's Rubicon
      The Alternative

Part IV. The Future of Western Civilization

   XI. The Delusions of World Planning
      The Term "Planning"
      The Dictatorship Complex
      A World Government
      Planned Production
      Foreign Trade Agreements
      Monetary Planning
      Planning International Capital Transactions

   XII. Peace Schemes
      Armament Control
      A Critique of Some Other Schemes Proposed
      The Union of the Western Democracies
      Peace in Eastern Europe
      The Problems of Asia
      The Role of the League of Nations

ISBN 0910884153
291 pp. (pb)

Available through the bookstore of the Ludwig von Mises Institute:

The Ludwig von Mises Institute
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