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The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality
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As some of the other reviews stated, Von Mises believes that the reason some people in a capitalist society hate free markets and advocate socialism is due to their own shortcomings. As everyone with an ounce of sense knows, reality does not make everyone equal. Everyone has flaws and shortcomings. These shortcomings, according to Von Mises, manifest themselves in inner turmoil that finds release through attacking the system in which others succeed where these people fail. These people look at the successful entrepreneurs and resent them deeply. Since they can't attack them directly without exposing their own deep flaws, they attack the capitalist system which they think "created" these successful businessmen. Von Mises goes on to show several ways how this hostility expresses itself. One way is through literature. Von Mises makes a very perceptive observation while examining literature. He shows how the genre of detective stories is actually an expression of hatred for the capitalist system.Read more ›
We often think of von Mises as a great economist (which he certainly was), but Mises considered his work to be "sociology" as well. However, his writings are full of brilliant sociological commentary on any number of subjects. Take the chapter "The Non-Economic Objections to Capitalism." How often people criticize Capitalism for its alleged "materialism." But listen to Mises: "The preeminent art of this age of . . . `materialism' was music. Wagner and Verdi, Berlioz and Bizet, Brahms and Bruckner, Hugo Wolf and Mahler . . . ." [p. 61.] And this music was written before the record permitted the great masters to be enjoyed by the common man, who could never hob-nob with aristocracy at the great music halls of the world.
In addition to this type of sociology, sprinkled throughout the book are concise economic lessons about how the increase in capital is the cause of higher wages, not unions and socialist schemes. So this book is a useful introduction to Mises' thought.
Although this book is important, if you want to understand the greatness of Mises, read: HUMAN ACTION, SOCIALISM, and THEORY OF MONEY AND CREDIT. Also, Prof. Kirzner's book on Mises is an outstanding introduction.
In fact, as Mises shows not only in this book but in his tremendous body of pioneering work in economic theory, both liberty and justice require a market-based social order. The reader who enjoys this little book may also wish at some point to tackle Mises' magnum opus HUMAN ACTION.
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Sets forth interesting theory on mentality of anti-capitalists.Published 13 days ago by J H Roberts
This book changed my way of thinking about the world. The messages and ideas of Mises are incredibly profound, yet simply worded.Published 18 days ago
Excellent read on Anti- and Capitalism theory. Mises provides many thought-provoking ideas to be considered. This is an "old" book with very fresh ideas applicable today.Published 2 months ago by Marcus Goncalves
Great example of the hate, envy, and conscious rejection of the clear evidence for the beneficial fruit of free men and free markets, by socialists, progressives, communists,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Althusius
While I agree with many of the theses of von Mises (call it confirmation bias is you wish) there is scant little proof cited by the author. Read morePublished 4 months ago by G. Gruber
Most of this little book consists of a repetition of opinions and views and arguments the author published in other books. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jorge C. Avila
Goes a long way toward putting it all in perspective true today as well as when written in the 1950.Published 6 months ago by A. Derrick