Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War

Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War

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ISBN-13: 9781614872511
Publisher: Liberty Fund Inc.
Publication date: 04/27/2011
Series: Liberty Fund Library of the Works of Ludwig von Mises
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
File size: 769 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Liberty Fund Edition xi
Preface xiii

Introduction 1

PART I The Collapse of German Liberalism

CHAPTER I German Liberalism
1 The Ancien Régime and Liberalism 23
2 The Weakness of German Liberalism 28
3 The Prussian Army 29
4 The Constitutional Conflict in Prussia 33
5 The "Little German" Program 34
6 The Lassalle Episode 37

CHAPTER II The Triumph of Militarism
1 The Prussian Army in the New German Empire 39
2 German Militarism 41
3 The Liberals and Militarism 46
4 The Current Explanation of the Success of Militarism 48

PART II Nationalism

CHAPTER III Etatism
1 The New Mentality 53
2 The State 55
3 The Political and Social Doctrines of Liberalism 57
4 Socialism 60
5 Socialism in Russia and in Germany 65
6 Interventionism 68
7 Etatism and Protectionism 77
8 Economic Nationalism and Domestic Monopoly Prices 80
9 Autarky 84
10 German Protectionism 86

CHAPTER IV Etatism and Nationalism
1 The Principle of Nationality 91
2 The Linguistic Group 97
3 Liberalism and the Principle of Nationality 102
4 Aggressive Nationalism 106
5 Colonial Imperialism 110
6 Foreign Investment and Foreign Loans 115
7 Total War 118
8 Socialism and War 122

CHAPTER V Refutation of Some Fallacious Explanations
1 The Shortcomings of Current Explanations 126
2 The Alleged Irrationality of Nationalism 127
3 The Aristocratic Doctrine 130
4 Misapprehended Darwinism 135
5 The Role of Chauvinism 137
6 The Role of Myths 140

PART III German Nazism

CHAPTER VI The Peculiar Characteristics of German Nationalism
1 The Awakening 147
2 The Ascendancy of Pan-Germanism 149
3 German Nationalism within an Etatist World 154
4 A Critique of German Nationalism 157
5 Nazism and German Philosophy 159
6 Polylogism 163
7 Pan-Germanism and Nazism 167

CHAPTER VII The Social Democrats in Imperial Germany
1 The Legend 169
2 Marxism and the Labor Movement 171
3 The German Workers and the German State 176
4 The Social Democrats within the German Caste System 183
5 The Social Democrats and War 186

CHAPTER VIII Anti-Semitism and Racism
1 The Role of Racism 191
2 The Struggle against the Jewish Mind 197
3 Interventionism and Legal Discrimination against Jews 204
4 The "Stab in the Back" 209
5 Anti-Semitism as a Factor in International Politics 211

CHAPTER IX The Weimar Republic and Its Collapse
1 The Weimar Constitution 217
2 The Abortive Socialization 227
3 The Armed Parties 231
4 The Treaty of Versailles 236
5 The Economic Depression 244
6 Nazism and German Labor 245
7 The Foreign Critics of Nazism 247

CHAPTER X Nazism as a World Problem
1 The Scope and Limitations of History 255
2 The Fallacy of the Concept of "National Character" 257
3 Germany's Rubicon 260
4 The Alternative 264

PART IV The Future of Western Civilization

CHAPTER XI The Delusions of World Planning
1 The Term "Planning" 269
2 The Dictatorship Complex 270
3 A World Government 272
4 Planned Production 275
5 Foreign Trade Agreements 279
6 Monetary Planning 281
7 Planning International Capital Transactions 284

CHAPTER XII Peace Schemes
1 Armament Control 286
2 A Critique of Some Other Schemes Proposed 290
3 The Union of the Western Democracies 296
4 Peace in Eastern Europe 302
5 The Problems of Asia 310
6 The Role of the League of Nations 312

Conclusion 315Index 323

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