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Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

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The proletarians must wait for the great revolution, the civil war of the united
socialists against the united exploiters. They must stand for Italian ...
Hardcover, 569 pages
Published February 2nd 2011 by Ludwig von Mises Institute (first published January 1st 1951)
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Patrick Peterson
This is my favorite book of my favorite author. He dissects every known form of socialism up to the date of publication (1922). His words have stood the test of time and there are very few, if any really new ideas since, that are not actually described (if not by the same names) and torn apart in this book.

Most importantly, he explained how socialism is not a rational system and had to fail, of it's own inconsistencies.

I cannot praise the book highly enough.

The scope is magisterial: covering ev
This work merits the English word 'tome' -- and a just review should run to multiple pages. Limited as this will be, first I will comment on the production quality of the book; it's important that a work of this stature get the binding and paper it deserves. Acid-free, of course, and with endpapers, a note on the typography, bound by one of the finest binders still operating today, Edwards Brothers out of Ann Arbor. Publisher's preface. Translator's note. Foreword by the eminent F.A. Hayek, who ...more
Alessandro Puzielli
This book is the root of position of classical liberalism and of libertarian thinking in the XX Century (Friedrich von heyek, Murray Rothbard).

The socialism is showed as the better way to delete resources and civilization: if the political mens delete the free market, then they delete the system of price without another good way to determine the preferences and needed of people.
Jason Keisling
I've yet to meet a person who advocated socialism after reading this book. For a shorter critique of the problems of calculation, Mises also wrote "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth", which is also quite good, but significantly shorter.
Alfred Stappenbeck
My major takeaway from this book is that I don’t understand what some of my friends are referring to when they speak fondly of Socialism. For instance, which kind; Guild Socialism, National Socialism, Christian Socialism, Military Socialism, State Socialism, Solidarism? Misses covers all of these and more, highlighting their similarities and exploring differences. Further, are these friends actually expecting that all the means of production become state owned or just some, why differentiate bet ...more
Luke Held
Stopped after the introduction. Pure ideology. You pretty much could have swapped the word "capitalism" for the word "Socialism" in the opening and it would have been just as true. There are major structural problems with Socialism and with Capitalism. This book is pure attack of a theory which the author clearly disagrees with, there is no science in this type of economic writing, just results justifying a point of view. I could not help feeling that the Author was simply protecting his interes ...more
Earl Solper
Written between WWI and WWII, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis is interesting as a historical document. He correctly predicts many of the difficulties the Communist regimes would face.

However, von Mises loses me when he seeks to justify the Opium War. Even in the 1920s, the absurdity of the claim that "Not only each Chinese and each Hindu, but also each European and each American, would be considerably worse off" had it not been for England's aggressive attempts to open China to
Ed Wagemann
Apr 17, 2012 Ed Wagemann marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Ian Hodge
Perhaps no one in the 20th century provided a more systematic defense of the free market than Ludwig von Mises. The scope of his writings was broad; his analysis incisive.

In this book, Von Mises undertakes the tasks of describing socialism and its implication for economics and the broader culture. His thesis can be illustrated in these words: "If the control of private property is transferred to the State the property owner is only an official, a deputy of the economic administration."

For Von Mi
Tiago Irineu
A very insightful book.
Aug 21, 2007 James rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone in the world
This is a good introduction to Austrian Economics. Mises is among my favorite economist because he is very his arguments are practical and expressed in a logical, accessable to anyone platform. Read this book...or atleast parts of it (Its super long).
Nathaniel Westmoure
An amazing book. Herr Von Mises does an excellent job explaining this complex subject. I could go on and on but I won't.
George Cooper
Exceptional, a must read for every aspiring economist. My words would not do Mises justice.
One of the cornerstones of the Austria School of Economics.
Kathryn Muratore
Devastating critique of not just Socialism, but statism.
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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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