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The Economics and Ethics of Private Property: Studies in Political Economy and Philosophy

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The collapse of socialism across Eastern Europe - as manifested most dramatically by the events of the forever memorable November 9, 1989, when the Germans of East and West reunited, moved and overjoyed, on top of the Berlin Wall - has added more support and urgency to the central thesis of this volume than I had ever hoped for. Whether the following studies deal with econ ...more
Hardcover, 265 pages
Published March 31st 1993 by Springer (first published 1993)
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Fabricio Terán
May 27, 2013 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
It integrates austrolibertarian theories of Mises, Rothbard and Hoppe into a grand, comprehensive and unified system of human sciences encompassing epistemology, praxeology, ethics, economics, politics, sociology, history and culture.

I think David Gordon have a review that should be consulted http://mises.org/daily/2313
Frederick Hammill
Jun 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book had a distinct anti-Jesus feel to me. Stay away Christians!
Bry Willis
Not great. An exercise in Libertarian mental masturbation, where Hoppe takes grandiose concepts built upon so-called 'natural law', an anachronism from the Age of Enlightenment. Without a basis, he continues to spin a narrative without satisfactorily resolving the prime question: whence did the original right to property stem?
Josh Hanson
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The four-star rating is a bit misleading in that this is a collection of essays, and I would certainly rank several of these as five-star. If you've never read Hoppe's essay "Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis", drop everything and read it now. It will completely change everything you thought you understood about class conflict.

The reason I gave this only four stars is primarily because some of the essays are very technical and complicated, and I don't want to mislead other readers into thinki
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Geir
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed book. Some essays are very thought-provoking and strong in their arguments. Others are very technical to the point of dry academic considerations. I should really rate each essay of the book, but won't. I recommend that all those interested in politics, sociology and philosophy in general acquire the book and read it or at least sections of it. In retrospect I can truly say that I would be mentally poorer if I had not read the book.
John Jolly
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thick, philosophic book, but well worth the read. Delves deep into the fundamentals and implications of Argumentation Ethics
Charlie
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves 4.5/5 stars. One thing I really enjoyed in this book was Hoppe's discussion of the false distinction between public and private goods.
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“However, not only external expansion of state power is brought about by the ideology of nationalism. War as the natural outgrowth of nationalism is also the means of strengthening the state’s internal powers of exploitation and expropriation. Each war is also an internal emergency situation, and an emergency requires and seems to justify the acceptance of the state’s increasing its control over its own population. Such increased control gained through the creation of emergencies is reduced during peacetime, but it never sinks back to its pre-war levels. Rather, each successfully ended war (and only successful governments can survive) is used by the government and its intellectuals to propagate the idea that it was only because of nationalistic vigilance and expanded governmental powers that the “foreign aggressors” were crushed and one’s own country saved, and that this successful recipe must then be retained in order to be prepared for the next emergency. Led by the just proven “dominant” nationalism, each successful war ends with the attainment of a new peacetime high of governmental controls and thereby further strengthens a government’s appetite for implementing the next winnable international emergency.” 16 likes
“Experience cannot beat logic, and interpretations of observational evidence which are not in line with the laws of logical reasoning are no refutation of these but the sign of a muddled mind (or would one accept someone’s observational report that he had seen a bird that was red and non-red all over at the same time as a refutation of the law of contradiction rather than the pronouncement of an idiot?).” 7 likes
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