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Liberty! The American Revolution

148 pages, softcover

$15.95

THE STATE

by Franz Oppenheimer

This new edition of the classic 1922 is a searing critique of the concept of "the state" from prehistoric times to the modern era. Oppenheimer defines the state as a "control mechanism" imposed by a victorious (militarily, politically, or economically) group upon a "vanquished" group, and boldly asserts that the main goal of the state is to preserve the power and control of the victorious group. He then traces the evolution of the state from primitive kingdoms to constitutional democracies and finds this holds true throughout history, even though the "victorious" and "vanquished" groups change. This seminal work influenced the thinking of Albert Jay Nock, Murray Rothbard, and Walter Grinder; its implications are still being debated today. Oppenheimer's book has been the foundation for much libertarian thought and is essential reading for anyone interested in political philosophy.

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