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Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy

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BUREAUCRACY
BY
LUDWIG
VON
MISES
NEW
HAVEN
Y
ALE
UNIVERSITY
PRESS
1944
 
COPYRIGHT,
1944,
BY
YALE
UNIVERSITY
PRESS
PrintedintheUnitedStates
of
America
All
rightsreserved.
This
bookmaynot
be
reproduced,inwhole
or
inpart,inanyform(exceptbyreviewersforthepublicpress),withoutwrittenpermissionfromthepublishers.
 
PREFACE
THEmainissueinpresent-daysocialandpoliticalconflicts
is
whetherornotmanshouldgiveawayfreedom,privateinitiative,andindividualresponsibilityandsurrendertotheguardianshipofagiganticapparatusofcompulsionand
co-
ercion,
the
socialiststate.Shouldauthoritarian
t o t a l i t a r i a n i ~ m
besubstitutedforindividualismanddemocracy
r,
Should
the
citizenbetransformedintoa
su,bject)
asubordinateinanallembracingarmyofconscriptedlabor,boundtoobeyunconditionallytheordersofhissuperiors?Shouldhebe
d e p r i v e ~
ofhismostpreciousprivilege
to
choosemeansandendsandtoshapehisownlife?
Our
agehaswitnessedatriumphaladvanceofthesocialistcause.
As
much
as
halfacenturyagoaneminentBritishstatesman,SirWilliamHarcourt,asserted:
"Weare
allsocialistsnow."
1
Atthattimethisstatement
was
premature
as
far
as
GreatBritain
was
concerned,buttodayit
is
almostliterallytrueforthatcountry,oncethecradleofmodernliberty.
It
is
nolesstruewithregardtocontinentalEurope.Americaalone
is
stillfreetochoose.AndthedecisionoftheAmericanpeople
will
determinetheoutcomeforthewholeofrriankind.
The
problemsinvolvedintheantagonismbetweensocialismandcapitalismcan
be
attackedfromvariousviewpdints.Atpresentitseems
as
ifaninvestigationoftheexpansionofbureaucraticagencies
is
themostexpedientavenueof
ap-
proach.Ananalysisofbureaucratismoffersanexcellentopportunitytorecognize
the
fundamentalproblemsoft4econtroversy.,Althoughtheevolutionofbureaucratism.hasbeenvery
1.
Cf.
G.
M.Trevelyan,
AShortenedHistory
of
England
(London,
194
2
),
p ~
5
10

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