Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War
Published in 1944, during World War II, Omnipotent Government was Mises’s first book written and published after he arrived in the United States. In this volume Mises provides in economic terms an explanation of the international conflicts that caused both world wars. Although written more than half a century ago, Mises’s main theme still stands: government interference in the economy leads to conflicts and wars. According to Mises, the last and best hope for peace is liberalism—the philosophy of liberty, free markets, limited government, and democracy.
Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War, edited with a Foreword by Bettina Bien Greaves (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2011).
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Table of Contents
- FOREWORD TO THE LIBERTY FUND EDITION
- Part I: The Collapse of German Liberalism
- I: German Liberalism
- II: The Triumph of Militarism
- Part II: Nationalism
- III: Etatism
- IV: Etatism and Nationalism
- V: Refutation of Some Fallacious Explanations
- Part III: German Nazism
- VI: The Peculiar Characteristics of German Nationalism
- VII: The Social Democrats in Imperial Germany
- VIII: Anti-Semitism and Racism
- IX: The Weimar Republic and Its Collapse
- X: Nazism as a World Problem
- Part IV: The Future of Western Civilization
- XI: The Delusions of World Planning
- XII: Peace Schemes