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By Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Here's Hans Hoppe's first treatise in English - truly his first booklet in English - and the person who placed him at the map as a social philosopher and economist to monitor. He argued that there are just attainable archetypes in financial affairs: socialism and capitalism. All structures are mixtures of these varieties. The capitalist version he defines as natural security of personal estate, loose organization, and alternate - no exceptions. All deviations from that excellent are species of socialism, with public possession and interference with alternate.

Within the constitution of socialism, he distinguishes the left and correct model. "Conservative" socialism favors excessive rules, behavioral controls, protectionism, and nationalism. The "liberal" model has a tendency extra towards outright public possession and redistribution.

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48 A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism made Russia go through a similar experience more than once. Similar, though somewhat less drastic, results from a policy of socialization were experienced in all of the East European countries after World War II. 29 Nonetheless, in spite of such reforms, which incidentally prove the point that contrary to socialist propaganda it is private and not social ownership that improves economic performance, and in spite of the fact that moonlighting, illegal productive activities, bartering, and black market trade are ubiquitous phenomena in all of these countries, just as the theory would lead one to expect, and that this underground economy takes up part of the slack and helps to improve things, the standard of living in the East-bloc countries is lamentably low.

Here, history provides us with an example that comes as close to that of a controlled social experiment as one could probably hope to get. A quite homogeneous population, with very much the same history, culture, character structure, work ethics, divided after Hitler-Germany’s defeat in World War II. 31 In East Germany, on the other hand, under Soviet 29 On the economic system of the Soviet-dominated East bloc cf. T. , Communism in Eastern Europe, Bloomington, 1984; H. H. Hohmann, M. Kaser, and K.

Along the same line, because everyone’s investment outlets have dried up as it is no longer permissible to convert private savings into private investment, or because the outlets have been limited to the extent to which the economy is socialized, there will therefore be less saving and more consuming, less work and more leisure. After all, you cannot become a capitalist any longer, or your possibility of becoming one has been restricted, and so there is at least one reason less to save! Needless to say, the 23 Cf.

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