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The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically

BooksNovember 8, 2009
Oppenheimer dismantles the social-contract view of the state as it had been advanced by most thinkers since the Enlightenment. He seeks to replace that view with a realistic assessment of the state: a victorious group of bandits who rule over the defeated group with the purpose of domination and...

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Franz Oppenheimer

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Franz Oppenheimer (1864–1943) was a German-Jewish sociologist and political economist, best known for his work on the fundamental sociology of the state. His book The State: Its History and...

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The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically

Oppenheimer dismantles the social-contract view of the state as it had been advanced by most thinkers since the...

Barter in Prehistoric Times

The history of primitive peoples shows that the desire to trade and barter is a universal human characteristic.

The State, by Franz Oppenheimer

BlogFebruary 21, 2006

A classic, and still under-appreciated. Murray Rothbard writes:

The great German sociologist Franz Oppenheimer (1864-1943), who wrote this magnificent little book called The State, put the case brilliantly.
In essence, he said, there are only two ways for...

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5. History Without Sociology

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 2. Sociology and History

One can completely agree with Max Weber when he declares:

6. Universal History and Sociology

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 2. Sociology and History

Max Weber did not want merely to outline a program and methodology for a science of social phenomena. In addition to excellent treatises on history, he himself published extensive works that he termed sociological. We, of course, cannot recognize their claim to this designation. This is not meant as an unfavorable criticism.

2. The Hypothesis of Marxism and the Sociology of Knowledge

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 6. The Psychological Basis of the Opposition to Economic Theory

Let us consider first the doctrine which teaches that thought is dependent upon the class of the thinker.

7. Sociological Laws and Historical Laws

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 2. Sociology and History

We call the method of scientific work that examines the effect, ceteris paribus, of change in one factor, the static method.

The State - Digital Book

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This is the 1908 book that started it all in the 20th century, the book that kicked off a century of anti-state, pro-property writing.

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I. The Nature and Development of the Social Sciences

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 1. The Task and Scope of the Science of Human Action

1. Origin in the Historical and Normative Sciences

It is in accounts of history that we find the earliest beginnings of knowledge in the sciences of human action. An epistemology that is today rejected required of the historian that he approach his subject matter without theory and simply depict the past as it was. He has to describe and portray past reality, and, it was said, he will best succeed in doing this if he views events and the sources of information about them with the least possible amount of prejudice and presupposition.

Anatomy of the State - Digital Book

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Murray Rothbard was known as the state's greatest living enemy, and this is his most succinct and powerful statement on the topic, an exhibit A in how he came to wear that designation proudly. He shows how the state wrecks freedom, destroys civilization, and threatens all lives and property and...

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Anatomy of the State by MurraRothbard

Anatomy of the State

This gives a succinct account of Rothbard’s view of the state. Following Franz Oppenheimer and Albert Jay Nock, Rothbard regards the state as a predatory entity. It does not produce anything but rather steals resources from those engaged in production. In applying this view to American...

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The State

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This is the 1908 book that started it all in the 20th century, the book that kicked off a century of anti-state, pro-property writing.

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9. The Universal Validity of Sociological Knowledge

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 2. Sociology and History

If one conceives of "nature" as Kant did, as "the existence of things as far as it is determined according to universal laws,"

The Viennese School of Economics: A History of its Ideas, Proponents, and Institutions

BooksMarch 13, 2010
The Viennese School of Economics, also called the Austrian School of Economics, was founded by Carl Menger in Vienna during the last third of the 19th century, and enjoys to this day a vibrant teaching tradition. Since the early 1900s this teaching tradition has been a significant influence on the...

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The Theory of Economic Development in the History of Economic Thought

BooksOctober 6, 2010
Based on the 1966 Chichele lectures, Robbins's book concentrates on the history of the main propositions of the theory of development·as they apply to a closed economy...

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Why American History Is Not What They Say

BooksOctober 24, 2012
Jeff Riggenbach's book is a crash course in revisionist history of the United States. What is revisionism? It is the retelling of history from a point of view that differs from the mainstream, which always treats the victor — the state — as glorious and the conquered —...

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Economic Point of View: An Essay in the History of Economic Thought

BooksJuly 20, 2005
This is Kirzner's sweeping defense of the Misesian definition of the scope and meaning of economic science.

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2. The Logical Character of History

Online Text Page from Epistemological Problems of Economics, Ch. 2. Sociology and History

In the meantime, completely apart from everything connected with the logical problems involved in the relation between sociology and history, an important advance had taken place in the logic of the moral sciences.

A New History of Leviathan

BooksAugust 17, 2007
The essays in this book reveal how and in what manner the corporate state developed in twentieth-century America.

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