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Planned Chaos

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The title comes from Mises's description of the reality of central planning and socialism.
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This new edition (completely reset) of Planned Chaos features an introduction by Chris Westley of Jacksonville State University. The introduction brings this classic up to datenot that it has ever fallen out of date or ever will.

The title comes from Mises's description of the reality of central planning and socialism, whether of the national variety (Nazism) or the international variety (communism). Rather than create an orderly society, the attempt to centrally plan has precisely the opposite effect. By short-circuiting the price mechanism and forcing people into economic lives contrary to their own chosing, central planning destroys the capital base and creates economic randomness that eventually ends in killing prosperity.

This important work was written decades after Mises's original essay on economic calculation and includes the broadest and boldest attack on all forms of state control.


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by Mo
on 5/15/2011
from Pacific Grove
Buyer Beware!
This essay is included in Mises' Socialism. So if you own the book you already have this essay.
by jeffrey tucker
on 12/23/2009
from Auburn
yes on epilogue
It is certainly published as the epilogue to Socialism and printed there. It has traditionally been kept in print as a separate work, and yet went out of print a few years back. It is strong enough to justify a separate work. 
by Michael
on 11/23/2009
from Tamarac
Good work, but do we really need it?
Its my understanding that this work, first published in 1947 by FEE, was included as the epilogue to the 1951 edition of "Socialism" published by Yale University Press (and the basis for the editions from Liberty Fund and LvMI).  So is it really necessary to keep this work in print?  Also, people should be aware of this before they purchase it, thinking they are getting a work not available elsewhere.
by thelion
on 11/19/2009
Must reading for any economist.
I have the original 1947 hardback edition. Great book, and a very well organized volume. A must for any historians. Must reading for any economist. Very well written and tight structure/expansion of this point as discussed in Mises' Omnipotent Government.

Good reading after Boris Brutzkus' Economic Planning in Soviet Russia. 

Good reading before Victor Suvorov's (Vladimir Rezun's) Icebreaker (or the newer 2008 The Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II).
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The contents of this volume include:

  • Introduction by Chris Westley
  • Introductory Remarks
  • 1. The Failure of Interventionism
  • 2. The Dictatorial, Anti-democratic and Socialist Character of Interventionism
  • 3. Socialism and Communism
  • 4. Russia's Aggressiveness
  • 5. Trotsky's Heresy
  • 6. The Liberation of the Demons
  • 7. Fascism
  • 8. Nazism
  • 9. The Teachings of the Soviet Experience
  • 10. The Alleged Inevitability of Socialism
ISBN 9781933550602
eISBN 9781610163675
Publisher Ludwig von Mises Institute
Publication Date 2009
Original Publication Date 1947
Binding PB
Page Length 100

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The title comes from Mises's description of the reality of central planning and socialism,.
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