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Fascism Versus Capitalism: The Central Ideological Conflict of Our Times

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Fascism vs. Capitalism: The Central Ideological Conflict of Our Times

“Fascism” has become a term of general derision and rebuke. It is tossed casually in the direction of anything a critic happens to dislike.

But fascism is a real political and economic concept, not a stick with which to beat opponents arbitrarily. The abuse of this important word undermines its true value
Paperback, 170 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Ludwig von Mises Institute (first published November 2013)
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Daniel Moss
Rockwell's writings on fascism are priceless, but the second half of the book ("Capitalism and It's Heroes), although decent, just didn't seem to fit with the first half - it was like two separate books.
Zachary Moore
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new collection of essays by Lew Rockwell--easy and quick to read and packed with useful information. The most provocative bits of the book are in the first section which discusses the theme of understanding much modern practice of government as "fascistic" in the way the term was originally developed by Mussolini. The second half of the book is a little less relevant to the stated, consisting mostly of a group of essays devoted to praising figures such as Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises and ...more
Brook Bailey-armey
If you can overlook the borderline religious fervor with which Rockwell lauds the perceived moral superiority of Mise, Rothbard, Hazlitt and Ron Paul, you can learn a great deal from the book. Though by no means an unbiased account of these men's theories and view points, Rockwell does provide a detailed explanation of their reasonings. Anyone compelled by the argument that there is no real discussion or debate in American politics today should read this book and then start a real discussion of ...more
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mr. Rockwell shows briefly that the current American economic system cannot be called "capitalism," nor can its failures be attributed to the free market. At best, we have a fascistic economic system.
Kyle Labosky
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A lively and engaging read. Rockwell rails against the soft tyranny that we're only too familiar with today in the modern west. Even when he's hyperbolic on the offensive, he's pleasantly impassioned about things that he should be passionate about and does give the devil his due. More disconcertingly for me was his hero worship of Rothbard and Mises. Even though, it's their fearless character of principle that he waxes on about, it all seems too much and is something we should perhaps be more sk ...more
Sacha Valero
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lew Rockwell uses just 162 pages to demolish the idea that we need the State. Covering every important aspect of the State that its apologists insist make it necessary for us to submit. That submission comes under threat of force and backed up by a history of unleashing violence to enforce that threat.3

Lew tackles the Warfare State, the drug war, the assault on our liberties, how the bankers have waged war on the taxpayers, and how America really is a fascist system. His chapter on war dismantle
Mark Geise
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
“Fascism Versus Capitalism” is the first book by Lew Rockwell I have ever read, though it is more a collection of speeches and essays than a unified book. I have listened to Rockwell on various libertarian podcasts and read his website occasionally, but I still haven’t gotten around to reading “The Left, the Right, and the State” or any of his other books.

The title of this book is somewhat misleading; he certainly extols capitalism, but far more of this book is about the virtues of Ron Paul, Mur
Jun 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I bought this book, there was no indication that it was just a compilation of past written works and speeches. I was expecting some original material; however, it was more similar to something like Democracy: The God That Failed by Hoppe where it is just recycled material put together. Nevertheless, the substance does give a good detailed overview of fascism vs. capitalism. I would recommend it to anyone that isn't all that familiar with the topic. As someone who reads LRC and other liberty ...more
I like reading this book but I don't know why it is titled Fascism Vs Capitalism. It must have been titled something like Fascism and Great Austrian Economists. The book starts out well in comparing Fascism to laissez-faire capitalism, but in the middle the author Starts comparing Austrian economists such as Ludwig Von Mises and Murray Rothbard to Keynesian economists. The title is the only thing that I do not agree with. Otherwise if you want to read about Austrian economists then it is a great ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Just a collection of Rockwell's essays on Fascism and famous Austrian economists. Nothing special unfortunately.
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Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr., former editorial assistant to Ludwig von Mises and congressional chief of staff to Ron Paul, is founder and chairman of the Mises Institute, executor for the estate of Murray N. Rothbard, and editor of