A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline represents nothing less than a sweeping revisionist history of mankind, in a concise and readable volume. Dr. Hoppe skillfully weaves history, sociology, ethics, and Misesian praxeology to present an alternative and highly challenging view of human economic development over the ages.
As always, Dr. Hoppe addresses the fundamental questions as only he can. How do family and social bonds develop? Why is the concept of private property so vitally important to human flourishing? What made the leap from a Malthusian subsistence society to an industrial society possible? How did we devolve from aristocracy to monarchy to social democratic welfare states? And how did modern central governments become the all-powerful rulers over nearly every aspect of our lives?
Dr. Hoppe examines and answers all of these often thorny questions without resorting to platitudes or bowdlerized history. This is Hoppe at his best: calmly and methodically skewing sacred cows.
The translator’s Introduction is now available online: “Nowakowski: Od tłumacza „Teorii socjalizmu i kapitalizmu” Hansa-Hermanna Hoppego.”
A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline is nothing less than a concise revisionist history of man, skillfully presented by Dr. Hoppe. He addresses the rise of family structures, the development of private property, social evolution prior to the Industrial Revolution, and the rise of the state — all without regard for cherished myths. Dr. Hoppe will make you rethink your assumptions regarding man’s development in this engaging book.
On Man, Nature, Truth, and Justice | Hans-Hermann Hoppe
Prof.Hoppe’s speech at The Ludwig von Mises Memorial Lecture, sponsored by James Walker. Recorded at the Austrian Economics Research Conference at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 14 March 2015. Includes an introduction by Joseph T. Salerno.
The following is a video of Prof. Hoppe’s interview with Sons of Libertas.
The following is a video of Prof. Hoppe speaking at the Ludwig von Mises Seminar 2015 of Mises Institut Deutschland: “Praxeologie”
The following is a video of Prof. Hoppe speaking at the Ludwig von Mises Seminar 2015 of Mises Institut Deutschland: “Recht und Wirtschaft”
The following is a video of Prof. Hoppe speaking at the Ludwig von Mises Seminar 2015 of Mises Institut Deutschland “Der Staat”.
A Portugese translation of F.A. Hayek on Government and Social Evolution: A Critique (RAE, Vol. 7 Num. 1), is available here as F. A. Hayek sobre Governo e Evolução Social – Uma Crítica. The text is below: [click to continue…]
A Portugese translation of “The Justice of Economic Efficiency,” Austrian Economics Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Winter 1988), also included in The Economics & Ethics of Private Property, is available here, as A Justiça da Eficiência Econômica. The text is below as well:
Professor Hoppe’s introduction to Murray Rothbard’s The Logic of Action (One, Two) (1997) is available here: PDF. For other incisive explorations of Rothbard’s thought, see Professor Hoppe’s Introduction to The Ethics of Liberty and his obituary in this collection.
N.b.: The Logic of Action is no longer available online, but Economic Controversies, a later version containing virtually all of the material of The Logic of Action plus additional material, is available online.
A Chinese translation of Fallacies of the Public Goods Theory and the Production of Security (JLS, Vol. 9 Num. 1) is now available as: “第一章 公共财货理论的谬误 与安防生产 .” It is available in PDF here.
Below is David Gordon’s introductory essay to Professor Hoppe’s recently published monograph From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy.
Published at Mises Daily.
Hoppe on Democracy, Progress, and the State
DECEMBER 27, 2014
[This is David Gordon’s introductory essay to Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s new book From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy.]
Hans-Hermann Hoppe is a master of theoretical history. He tells us that
it is not my purpose here to engage in standard history, i.e., history as it is written by historians, but to offer a logical or sociological reconstruction of history, informed by actual historical events, but motivated more fundamentally by theoretical — philosophical and economic — concerns.
The work of Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises on the commodity origin of money is a prime example of what Hoppe has in mind.
In carrying out his illuminating project, Hoppe finds himself in opposition to the dominant way of looking at the evolution of government. According to this perspective, government has over the centuries become ever more democratic. Rule by the people is the final form of government; once it has been reached, history, at least as far as government is concerned, has ended. This historical movement, further, is a “good thing.” It is the triumph of freedom. History is the story of progress. [click to continue…]
By Hans-Hermann Hoppe
IN AN AGE OF intellectual hyperspecialization, Murray N. Rothbard was a grand system builder. An economist by profession, Rothbard was the creator of a system of social and political philosophy based on economics and ethics as its cornerstones. For centuries, economics and ethics (political philosophy) had diverged from their common origin into seemingly unrelated intellectual enterprises. Economics was a value-free “positive” science, and ethics (if it was a science at all) was a “normative” science. As a result of this separation, the concept of property had increasingly disappeared from both disciplines. For economists, property sounded too normative, and for political philosophers property smacked of mundane economics. Rothbard’s unique contribution is the rediscovery of and philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism. [click to continue…]
Newly released by the Mises Institute: From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy. PDF and epub links below. A related speech is linked below as well.
Note: The copyright to this work is held by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, who hereby releases and licenses this work with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, despite any notice to the contrary on the published version.
[Update: David Gordon’s introductory essay is available at “Hoppe on Democracy, Progress, and the State”: Introductory Essay to From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy.]
Several Polish translations of Hoppe articles are available at the Polish Ludwig von Mises Institute (www.mises.pl), which are compiled here. The listings include also other materials such as the video noted below. A Polish translation of Professor Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism is also forthcoming in Dec. 2014-Jan 2015 from the Polish Mises Institute, under the title „Teoria Socjalizmu i Kapitalizmu.”
Społeczeństwo prawa państwowego czy prywatnego? (video) – Society based on the public or the private law?