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A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

By Hans-Hermann Hoppe

This is Hans Hoppe's first treatise in English - really his first e-book in English - and the one who positioned him at the map as a social philosopher and economist to monitor. He argued that there are just attainable archetypes in monetary affairs: socialism and capitalism. All structures are combos of these forms. The capitalist version he defines as natural safeguard of non-public estate, loose organization, and trade - no exceptions. All deviations from that perfect are species of socialism, with public possession and interference with exchange.

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

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In particular L. v. Mises, Socialism, Indianapolis, 1981. 20 Of course, this complete outlawing of private investment, as stated under (2) only applies strictly to a fully socialized economy. If next to a socialized part of the economy a private part also exists, then private investment would only become curtailed and hampered to the degree to which the economy is socialized. Hans-Hermann Hoppe 37 means of production­ still exists and must be solved somehow, provided there is no prestabilized and presynchronized harmony of interests among all of the people (in which case no problems whatsoever would exist anymore), but rather some degree of disagreement.

Hans-Hermann Hoppe 57 to the capitalists), by adopting it, socialism’s ultimate success would only become more assured. Both of these forces co-existed within the socialist movement, though their relationship was at times quite strained, until the Bolshevik Revolution of October, 1917 in Russia. 36 The Russian events changed this. With Lenin in the lead, for the first time the revolutionary socialists realized their program and the socialist movement as a whole had to take a stand vis à vis the Russian experiment.

But still, it must be realized that from the standpoint of the nonproducing fellowmen, the degree of expropriation of private producers’ income is a matter of expediency, which suffices to reduce the difference between both types of socialism—Russian and social-democratic style—once and for all to a difference only of degree. It should be apparent what this important fact implies for a producer. It means that however low the presently fixed degree of expropriation might be, his productive efforts take place under the ever-present threat that in the future the income-share which must be handed over to society will be raised unilaterally.

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