- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467934836
- ISBN-13: 978-1467934831
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.3 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Paperback – 13 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was a preeminent philosopher and economist during the twentieth century. He shared an intellectual friendship with literary giant Ayn Rand, and his theorems and philosophies have continued to influence the careers and ideas of politicians and economists alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I was particularly struck by how many of the arguments in this book echo passages in Michael Young's 'The Rise of the Meritocracy'. Young's book explains how a society in which one's status was fixed by one's ability to contribute would be psychologically intolerable. Mises' book explains that a society unlike that dooms us to poverty relative to what could be produced in a truly capitalist one.
Mises is ruthless in dismissing the idea of any kind of 'Third Way' or 'mixed economy' in which some of means of production may be collectively owned. I think in this he may have slightly overstated the case, but much less so than those who argue that or currently levels of public ownership and control doesn't cost very much in terms of lost production.
This is a short book, passionately argued by a true libertarian. Even if you don't think you will agree with anything in it, I urge you to read the book to understand the core ideas behind libertarianism.
And I for one think he nails it.
The first part explains the features of capitalism with reference to the sovereign consumer and the process of economic improvement. It also exposes the roots of the hostility towards the free market from various quarters. For example, entrenched elites hate the merit principle. Mises also looks at the animosity on the part of intellectuals, white-collar workers and Hollywood/Broadway entertainers.
Part Two discusses capitalism as seen by the ordinary person, considering the influence of the intelligentsia and celebrities. Ignorance and the emotions of envy and the hatred are the driving forces behind the anti-capitalistic mentality. The erroneous idea that one person's gain must be another's loss is still very prevalent today. The market is often demonized for the results of state intervention against its unfettered operation. In other words, the critics do not understand cause and effect or they do but deliberately distort the facts.
Literature Under Capitalism is the title of the third section, in which Mises analyses success on the book market, the popularity of detective stories, the bigotry of the literati, plus social novels and plays.Read more ›
I'd also like to point out that the book is short and clear.
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I loved this book. It's very instructive in these days of Corbyn as Labour leader, to ask what is in fact going on in the heads of his supporters. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R
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a super book very informative , & entertaining quite suprising in parts socialists would not likeit but I thought it was a good readPublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by michael cooper
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, mainly because it was concise and to the point. Excellent rebuttals were made against those that are anti-capitalist in politics and once you have... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2012 by Den