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The Great Fiction By Hans-Hermann Hoppe,

  • Title: The Great Fiction
  • Author: Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  • ISBN: 9781621290308
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Paperback
  • No living writer today is effective at stripping away the illusions almost everyone has about economics and public life More fundamentally, Professor Hans Hermann Hoppe causes the scales to fall from one s eyes on the most critical issue facing humanity today the choice between liberty and statism.The Great Fiction, published by Laissez Faire Books, is an expansiveNo living writer today is effective at stripping away the illusions almost everyone has about economics and public life More fundamentally, Professor Hans Hermann Hoppe causes the scales to fall from one s eyes on the most critical issue facing humanity today the choice between liberty and statism.The Great Fiction, published by Laissez Faire Books, is an expansive collection of his writings centering on the theme of the rise of statism and its theoretical underpinning Some essays have been published in mostly obscure or offbeat places, while others are new and have never appeared in print Together they constitute a devastating indictment of the many forms of modern despotism and a sweeping reconstruction of the basis of state management itself.The title comes from a quotation by Frederic Bastiat, the 19th century economist and pamphleteer The state is the great fiction by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else He does not say that this is one feature of the state, one possible aspect of public policy gone wrong, or one sign of a state gone bad in a shift from its night watchman role to become confiscatory Bastiat is characterizing the core nature of the state itself.The whole of Hoppe s writings on politics can be seen as an elucidation on this point He sees the state as a gang of thieves that uses propaganda as a means of disguising its true nature In fleshing this out, Hoppe has made tremendous contributions to the literature, showing how the state originates and how the intellectual class helps perpetuate this cover up, whether in the name of science, or religion, or the provision of some service like health, security, education, or whatever The excuses are forever changing the functioning and goal of the state are always the same.This particular work goes beyond politics, however, to show the full range of Hoppe s thought on issues of economics, history, scientific methodology, and the history of thought It is divided into five sections Politics and Property, Money and the State, Economic Theory, The Intellectuals, and Biographical The content ranges from highly structured academic pieces to prepared lectures to impromptu interviews Together they present an example sampling of his perspective a range of issues.In each field, he brings that same level of rigor, that drive for uncompromising adherence to logic, the fearlessness in the fact of radical conclusions In light of all of this, it seems too limiting to describe Hoppe as a mere member of the Austrian or libertarian tradition, for he really has forged new paths in ways than he makes overt in his writings We are really dealing here with a universal genius, which is precisely why Hoppe s name comes up so often in any discussion of today s great living intellectuals.It is true, then, that Hoppe stands with a long line of anarchist thinkers who see the state as playing a purely destructive role in society But unlike the main line of thinkers in this tradition, Hoppe s thinking is not encumbered by utopian illusions about society without the state He follows Ludwig von Mises and Murray N Rothbard in placing private property as a central element in social organization In justifying this point of view, Hoppe goes far beyond traditional Lockean phrases He sees private property as an inescapable institution in a world of scarcity, and draws on the work of contemporary European philosophy to make his claims robust than any of his intellectual predecessors did.The reader will be surprised at the approach Hoppe takes because it is far systematic and logical than people expect of writers on these topics.He came to his views after a long intellectual struggle, having moved systematically from being a conventional left socialist to become the founder of his own anarcho capitalist school of thought The dramatic change happened to him in graduate school, as he reveals in the biographical sections of this book He takes nothing for granted in the course of his argumentation He leads the reader carefully through each step in his chain of reasoning This approach requires extraordinary discipline and a level of brilliance that is out of the reach of most writers and thinkers.The perspective from which he writes stems from a passionate yet scientific attachment to radical freedom, and his work comes about in times when the state is on the march Everything he writes cuts across the grain It is paradigm breaking It is not only his conclusions that are significant but the masterful way that he arrives at them The Great Fiction provides, perhaps better than any previous work, a full immersion experience into the mind and worldview of Hans Hermann Hoppe.
    The Great Fiction No living writer today is effective at stripping away the illusions almost everyone has about economics and public life More fundamentally Professor Hans Hermann Hoppe causes the scales to fall from

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    1. Excellent collection of essays on how a private law society anarcho capitalist would work and why it is the only ethical social system Hoppe, in my opinion, is the best living libertarian theorist we have, and this is a great showcase of his contributions and advancement of austro libertarian theory.

    2. Included in this assemblage of essays are some fantastic takedowns of Nozick and Hayek But of particular impact are the essays entitled The Role of Intellectuals and Anti Intellectual Intellectuals In this essay Hoppe wraps it up by leaving us a nice little riddle to share with our statist friends Assume a group of people, aware of the possibility of conflicts between them Someone then proposes, as a solution to this human problem, that he or someone be made the ultimate arbiter in any such case [...]

    3. Just internet articles already available online and a bit of new racist stuff you will enjoy as much as Hoppe enjoys Somalia and African civilisation.

    4. A very interesting read Hoppe is not always the best at expressing the cold, hard philosophical sections in the middle but otherwise he presents strong, clear arguments for his beliefs.

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