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Franz Oppenheimer
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The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically

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The State represents the epitome of Franz Oppenheimer's thinking. It integrates political and historical philosophy on the one hand, with economic philosophy on the other. According to Oppenheimer, competition is restrained by a powerful class monopoly, created not through economic differentiation, but through political power. This class monopoly stands between the masses ...more
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Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company (first published 1914)
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I couldn't finish this book. There is something that is extremely irritating about it. Something that drives me nuts. However, the content that I read was extremely good and valuable. Oppenheimer argues against the social contract theory and produces a six step theory on how states arise. There is history in it but the history is not gone into in-depth, rather just used as a means to show what he is saying at the current section of the book. Overall, content is great, just a frustrating read. I ...more
Cortney R
Interesting and quick theory on where government comes from.
Sean Rosenthal
Interesting Quotes:

"I propose in the following discussion to call one's own labor and the equivalent exchange of one's own labor for the labor of others, the 'economic means' for the satisfaction of needs, while the unrequited appropriation of the labor of others will be called the 'political means.' . . .

"All world history, from primitive times up to our own civilization, presents a single phase, a contest namely between the economic and the political means; and it can present only this phase
First published in Germany in 1908, this book by Dr. Franz Oppenheimer traces the development of the State from its "socio-psychological genesis up to its modern constitutional form."
Will Green
I read enough of it...Maybe I'll buy it again soon.
Aaron Yoder
Book was a bit over my head. But still very good!
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