Monday, August 11, 2014

New From the Legendary Hans Hoppe

-Mises Institute
New book by Hans Hoppe

Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Distinguished Fellow at the Mises Institute, counts among the greatest Austro-libertarian intellectuals alive today. Like his friend and mentor Murray Rothbard, Hoppe’s work in economics, philosophy, history, law, and social theory is legendary. And like Murray, his new books, articles, and speeches are widely anticipated by fans around the world.

So we were thrilled when Dr. Hoppe recently provided us with a new manuscript and asked the Mises Institute to serve as publisher. It’s a brief but devastating exposition of governance across human history, from the establishment of privileged aristocracy to the divine right of kings to popularized democracy. In one sense the manuscript serves as a synopsis of arguments made in Dr. Hoppe’s seminal book, Democracy: The God That Failed.

Lew Rockwell, Dr. David Gordon, and I have all read an advance copy, and let me assure you it’s terrific. In fact, we hope to publish Dr. Hoppe’s new work as both a stand-alone book and as part of a larger volume. Will you please consider donating $500 to have your name listed as a Patron in both of these volumes?

A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay Hoppe pulls no punches, arguing that conflict resolution monopolized by a central state has never been just, efficient, or intellectually defensible. Contracts between rulers and ruled, whether implied or expressed (e.g., in the form of constitutions) are meaningless when states or kings are the final arbiters of those contracts.

Monarchs, for all their failings and unearned privilege, at least have an incentive to maintain, if not increase, the capital stock of their territories. Democratically-elected politicians, by contrast, have every incentive to maximize plunder during their limited time in office. The end result of democracy is the inexorable growth of central states, complete with ruinous taxation, monetary debasement, and warlike tendencies. It’s a Hoppean “tale of moral and economic folly and decay.”

Like Democracy: The God That Failed, Dr. Hoppe’s new work is vitally important. It represents Hoppe at his best: calmly and methodically skewering sacred cows.

But the Mises Institute does not own the rights to Democracy, and as a result the book never received the attention it deserves. Nor has it been released in an eBook format, which is sorely needed.

Donate today! We plan to offer Dr. Hoppe’s new book in both printed and eBook form, making it very affordable and accessible to all. In fact, this new title will be the least expensive Hoppe book in print! The Mises Institute will distribute it widely at no cost to students and college organizations. And Dr. Gordon has agreed to provide an introduction.

We also plan to publish Dr. Hoppe’s new manuscript in a broader volume tentatively entitled The History of Man: An Austro-Libertarian Reconstruction. This new book will combine previously-released chapters from Hoppe addressing the rise of family structures, the development of private property, and social evolution prior to the Industrial Revolution. This combined work will serve as nothing less than a sweeping revisionist economic history of man, skillfully presented by Hoppe in roughly 150 pages!

Your donation of any amount helps make this publishing project a reality. A donation of $500 enables you to become a Patron of these two important books, and places your name (if desired) on an acknowledgment page in each volume. Of course donations above $500 will be gratefully accepted.

Both Dr. Hoppe and everyone at the Mises Institute deeply appreciate your support. Please help us bring Dr. Hoppe’s vital works to the broad audience they deserve!


Jeff Deist