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In 1954, after a lifetime of serious theoretical work in economic science, Mises turned his attention to one of the great puzzles of all time: discovering why the intellectuals hate capitalism. The result is this socio-psycho-cultural analysis informed by economic theory. Mises explores answers from a wide variety of angles, and discusses the nature of academic institutions, popular culture, and how vices like jealousy and envy affect theory. All play a role in preventing people from seeing the self-evident benefits of economic freedom relative to controls. His comments on the resentment of the intellectuals cut very deeply. Mises shrewdly teases the anti-capitalist bias out of contemporary fiction and popular culture generally. In the course of his narrative, he explains aspects of the market that have generally eluded even its defenders. For example, is it true that markets dumb down the culture, exalting trashy novels and movies over higher-brow fare? Mises points out that the tastes of the masses will always and everywhere be lower than those educated and cultivated to love higher culture. But, he says, the glory of capitalism is that it brings to every sector what it wants and needs, and more of it than any other system. So, yes, there will be more trash, but also more great work as well. It is a matter of availability: Under socialism, nothing is available. Under capitalism, choice seems nearly infinite. His is quite subtle in his analysis here and throughout. It's remarkable how his narrative applies in our time, even more than when it was written. The style of this volume is more casual than you will find elsewhere. In some sense, it is more thrilling for it. The reader senses that Mises has unleashed a lifetime of frustration here, and shined a very bright light on some dark corners of opinion. The contents of this volume include: I. The Social Characteristics of Capitalism and the Psychological Causes of Its Vilification 1. The Sovereign Consumer 2. The Urge for Economic Betterment 3. Status Society and Capitalism 4. The Resentment of Frustrated Ambition 5. The Resentment of the Intellectuals 6. The Anti-capitalistic Bias of American Intellectuals 7. The Resentment of the White-Collar Workers 8. The Resentment of "Cousins" 9. The Communism of Broadway and Hollywood 10. The Non-Economic Objections to Capitalism 11. Ant-Communism vs. Capitalism II. The Ordinary Man's Social Philosophy 1. Capitalism as it is and as it is Seen by the Common Man 2. The Anti-capitalistic Front III. Literature Under Capitalism 1. The Market for Literary Products 2. Success on the Book Market 3. Remarks about the Detective Stories 4. Freedom of the Press 5. The Bigotry of the Literati 6. The "Social" Novels and Plays --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The psychology behind Liberalism explained... 21 février 2014
Par J. Manis - Publié sur
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This book is almost pure conjecture but it doesn't matter. It's a tiny little book, but the words pack a powerful punch. Von Mises may be speculating but when you are as smart as he is, and as familiar with the mindset from which "The Anti-Capitalist Mentality" evolved, you tend to see where he is coming from. It becomes easier and easier to support his statements. The question is, can this book help you to understand where communists/socialists/progressives are coming from? The answer is yes. Systematically, he takes the thought processes back into Freudian obscurity, borrowing some of the fellow Austrian's explanation as to why it is difficult for those who see capitalism as a threat, who fear being personally responsible for their lot in life. This also contains fascinating studies about Lenin, and his approach to Marxism. When you see these former Soviet leaders for what they really were, they become as common as the next person. Where I may have had respect for Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin as historical figures, I no longer think that they had an ounce of respectability, nobility, or courage to do the things they did. These were not revolutionaries, but very very unprincipled thinkers, unintellectual, and very confused due to lack of experience and closed mindedness. In one part, Von Mises tells the story of how Lenin assumed the economy was a simple game which could be easily undertaken by "bean-counters." Lenin's revile for accountants and economists make him a tragically stupid figure in world history. Basically he was all bark and no bight. He knew political philosophy, strategy, persuasion, and could lead the military, but was never really a viable candidate to run a large country.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Pick up a copy of Economics for Dummies. It'll be more worth your time... 25 mai 2017
Par PS Moyer - Publié sur
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As with everything Mises writes, he relies heavily on the fact that people make rational decisions as a consumer. Anyone who has seen how fat people react to McDonalds ads should know how ridiculous that notion is. Don't worry, I'm almost morbidly obese, so I guess you could say I'm speaking from experience.

Mises also suffers from one of the many pitfalls in thinking that many economists of his tradition do, and that would be that he seems to think that everyone ultimately just wants to get rich and become a millionaire with a net worth of $500M. Most Anti-Capitalists don't exactly want that, and even the Bernie Sanders style Socialists want to prevent anyone, themselves included, from being that rich. Full blown Marxists literally want everyone to be middle class. Herein lies Mises problem. He doesn't have a good grasp of the school of ethics that virtually every Anti-Capitalist has. Because of that this book is reduced to somewhat of a strawman with various diatribes spread throughout. Expect to read long rants about how Anti-Capitalists are just bitter because they didn't think of selling Coca-cola before it became a multi-billion dollar industry, or how poetry doesn't sell as well as a schlocky hollywood action film, so intellectuals must just be butthurt if they find any issue with the top 8 richest people having as much money as the bottom 50%. Much of the book is really just Mises lecturing his critics about how they should become an entrepreneur if they're unhappy with poverty. As if these Anti-Capitalists cared about that anyway...

As someone who leans in that direction I can say that Anti-Capitalists probably care a lot more about everyone else being poor than themselves getting rich. Most Anti-Capitalists are well educated, middle class people standing in the chasm between complete poverty and total excess. Since Mises doesn't have a clue how his critics think, he ends up projecting his own life goals onto them and writing a full length book on what his own mentality would be if be wasn't as rich as Bill Gates. He does all of this by the way, with the same complete lack of self-awareness every self-proclaimed economics expert on Reddit displays as they insist the Free Market is supported by some kind of magic, recession-fixing pixies.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This one is excellent and much needed - Dr 24 mai 2017
Par John Sloan - Publié sur
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This one is excellent and much needed - Dr. McCloskey writes that the intelligentsia committed 'treason' in switching from support of the bourgeoise creation of a free market that led to 'betterment' but she seems not to describe why - In this book von Mises provides the psychological and political reasons - This book should be studied along with Helmut Schoeck's study - Envy: A theory of social behavior. The anti-capitalist mentality is pervasive today in much of the establishment progressive political regime. Another related book is Jerry Muller's The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought. - these explain such views as Thomas Piketty in his book Capitalism in the Twenty first Century
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great explanation of anit-capitalist prejudice in schools and media 4 mai 2013
Par THOMAS P KELLY - Publié sur
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Most significantly, von Mises explains and demonstrates that the vast and irrefutable improvement in people's material well-being during the past two centuries is attributable solely to capitalism and its ability to support innovation. Innovation then spreads throughout society as capitalist enterprises compete for the most customers. And, if you think otherwise, your own I-Phone, Kindle, computer, automobile, and stocked refrigerator stand as mechanical testaments of just how wrong you are.

While not as exacting as his economic works, von Mises provides an excellent insight into the bias and prejudice against capitalism. He also thoroughly refutes the common arguments offered against capitalism. The book is highly readable, even for those without a background in economics. Readers of Hayek and Friedman will quickly recognize von Mises as the teacher of both.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great introduction to the thought of Ludwig von Mises! 29 juillet 2013
Par HayekGhostWriter - Publié sur
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Having read several works by F.A. Hayek, the time came to consider the thought of his teacher and mentor, Ludwig von Mises. I selected this book over his reputed masterpiece, Human Action, for its relative brevity.

I was not disappointed. This little book packs a punch, and reinforces important principles of economics nearly forgotten by the masses today. The book also serves to remind us that the war of ideas, between capitalism and Marxism, has been ongoing for well over a century, and must still be enjoined by all who would keep their liberty and their society's prosperity.

Read this book, then dig into Human Action. Take a similar approach to Hayek--The Road to Serfdom first, then the Constitution of Liberty.
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