Omnipotent Government

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Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War
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Author Ludwig von Mises
Country United States
Language English
Subject Nazism, Nationalism, Socialism, Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Yale University Press, Libertarian Press
Publication date
Pages ix, 291 pp.
OCLC 967870

Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War is a book by Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises first published in 1944 by Yale University Press. It is one of the most influential writings in Libertarian social thought and critique of statist ideology and socialism, examining the rise of Nazism as an example. The book treats Nazism as a species of orthodox socialist theory. At the same time the book offers a critique of economic interventionism, industrial central planning, the welfare state and world government, denouncing the trends of the Western Allies towards the total state. The book was made available online by the Ludwig von Mises Institute in 2004.[1]

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  • (in Spanish) Ludwig von Mises, Omnipotencia Gubernamental. Translated by Pedro Elgoibar. Mexico: Editorial Hermes, n.d.
  • (in French) Ludwig von Mises, Le Gouvernement Omnipotent de L`État Totalitaire à la Guerre Total. Translated by M. de Hulster. Paris: Librairie de Médicis, 1947.
  • (in German) Ludwig von Mises, Im Namen des Staates, oder Die Gefahren des Kollektivismus [In the Name of the State: or the Dangers of Collectivism]. Stuttgart: Bonn Aktuell, 1978. ISBN 3-87959-091-5
  • (in Russian) Людвиг фон Мизес, Всемогущее правительство: Тотальное государство и тотальная война. Moscow: Социум, 2006. ISBN 978-5-901901-60-1.

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  1. ^ Jeffrey Tucker. Books, Online and Off, March 22, 2004.

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