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The title comes from Mises's description of the reality of central planning and socialism, whether of the national variety (Nazism) or the international variety (communism). Rather than creating an orderly society, attempts at central planning have precisely the opposite effect. By short-circuiting the price mechanism and forcing people into economic lives contrary to ...more
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Published April 1st 1961 by Foundation for Economic Education (first published 1951)
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Sep 16, 2014 Aelena rated it it was amazing
An excellent book where Mises presciently diagnoses (again) all things that are wrong with socialism, and masterfully unveils the deluded and misled thought of those who, in spite of evident failure, still spouse socialism in any of its variations.

it's even better to read it today, as after the failure of communism everywhere it's been tried (be it the extinct and ruined industrial version USSR and its satellite countries, be it the agrarian versions from China or Cambodia, or be it the pathetic
Oct 16, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing
This book smashes socialism't weak arguments. That is it, plain and simple.
Jul 20, 2015 ziombel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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The book is primarily intended for average readers are not interested in free-market economics, but I think readers more familiar with it will find a lot of interesting information. The book deals mainly with criticism of interventionism, which harms the economy, instead of helping her. A lot of attention was paid also to the criticism of Marxism and related political movements. We find here a rich description of what the Communists tried to do with Europe (and partially succeeded). In short ...more
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Sep 14, 2015 Chylene Ramsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Socialism the Destroyer of Nations

There is good reason a whole Institute bears this man's name and an entire economic system formed around his core ideologies (the Austrian School). He strips the faux postures and pretensions from the pseudo-intellectuals goat rope they have jumbled into a mish mash of nonsensical gibbering jabber and called it Socialism and Progressive. It is anything but either. It is regression to the Starkly pagan barbarism of pre-civilized humanity, when Moloch demanded new
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Sep 08, 2014 Robert Heckner rated it it was amazing
A masterful work by von Mises for sure. "Not mythical 'material productive forces,' but reason and ideas determine the course of human affairs." "Government control of only part of prices must result in a state of affairs which - without any exception - everybody considers as absurd and contrary to purpose." "The market is a democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote."
Aug 23, 2011 Brent rated it it was amazing
Explains a lot about the economic, financial, and governmental problems we're facing today. An eye-opener!
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Feb 08, 2015 Vedran Jancic rated it really liked it
a grear parallel can be drawn between stalin/trotsky and todays two party system. Mises greatly exposes that everyone wanting socialism, just wants great power to rule over other people.
Sean Hackbarth
Short but sweet

A dated reminder of the dangers of collectivist economics. Mises defends capitalism with passion and poise. It captures both history and economic theory.
Daniel Moss
Decent little history of the ideas that led to the rise of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and the totalitarian state.
This book is fantastic. Everyone needs to read von Mises work to better understand what is happening all around them today.
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Great book. It was interesting to learn all the tidbits in history of the communists, socialists, fascists, and Nazis. I'll have to read this one again to get more out of it.
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Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises (German pronunciation: [ˈluːtvɪç fɔn ˈmiːzəs]; September 29, 1881 – October 10, 1973) was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free-market libertarian movement and the Austrian School.
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“The issue is always the same: the government or the market. There is no third solution.” 3 likes
“However, all the methods of interventionism are doomed to failure. This means: the interventionist measures must needs result in conditions which from the point of view of their own advocates are more unsatisfactory than the previous state of affairs they were designed to alter. These policies are therefore contrary to purpose.” 1 likes
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