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  • Paperback
  • 137 pages
  • Bureaucracy
  • Ludwig von Mises
  • English
  • 02 November 2017
  • 091088434X

10 thoughts on “Bureaucracy

  1. says:

    13 May 2019 I first read this about 1977, the year I graduated from college I liked it very much, but thought it was not as good as another book, a collection of his essays speeches Planning for Freedom I have read it at least once since then and have kept the same opinion However, a learned friend s recent short review makes me want to read it again, which I will try to do soon.Here are my thoughts from today that I posted under my friend s review Need to read it again But I love the 13 May 2019 I first read this about 1977, the year I graduated from college I liked it very much, but thought it was not as good as another book, a collection of his essays speeches Planning for Freedom I have read it at least once since then and have kept the same opinion However, a learned friend s recent short review makes me want to read it again, which I will try to do soon.Here are my thoughts from today that I posted under my friend s review Need to read it again But I love the simple proposition by Mises in this book that there is a world of difference between the for profit world and the government world The former is ruled by the voluntary actions of humans and the latter is ruled by laws and coercion No matter how large a corporation gets, it is ruled by the former, as long as it does not have special privileges from government And no matter how folks might wish otherwise, the government will NEVER be efficient at serving the real desires and needs, as witnessed by their revealed preferences, of all humans


  2. says:

    This is just great A masterpiece for mass consumption Mises s address to all his fellow men.Despite having been published some 70 years ago, it will probably remain relevant for many years to come unfortunately.It does not delve into the mechanics of inflation and the business cycle that could turn some people off It just explains how the market process works, how the bureaucratic process works and what are the implications of neglecting a causal relationship between the economic This is just great A masterpiece for mass consumption Mises s address to all his fellow men.Despite having been published some 70 years ago, it will probably remain relevant for many years to come unfortunately.It does not delve into the mechanics of inflation and the business cycle that could turn some people off It just explains how the market process works, how the bureaucratic process works and what are the implications of neglecting a causal relationship between the economic organization of a society and its general opinion about freedom, hope and true social cooperation.I couldn t recommend this highly enough


  3. says:

    This book is jam packed with great insights on the inherent failure of bureaucracy Basically, since money is taken by coercion from the taxa payers, there is no sense of knowing whether the goods and services provided for by the state are in any way efficient or not Further, with the absence of the profit motive, the bureaucrat reverts to rigid rules and regulations to guide his her management Bureaucracy has no way to award good management and punish bad management, since there is no This book is jam packed with great insights on the inherent failure of bureaucracy Basically, since money is taken by coercion from the taxa payers, there is no sense of knowing whether the goods and services provided for by the state are in any way efficient or not Further, with the absence of the profit motive, the bureaucrat reverts to rigid rules and regulations to guide his her management Bureaucracy has no way to award good management and punish bad management, since there is no market that can bankrupt a company, or reward a company by profits The bureaucratization has effects on all segments of society, as it forces it s rules on the citizens The free enterprise system is gutted out by regulations that creates bureaucracy withing the capitalist system, rendering it inefficient and costly In a bureaucratic system it is not merit and good managerial skill that makes someone successful but rather politics and kissing other people s ass in order to attain higher positions This results in the impoverishment of the population in an economic sense but also in a cultural sense The youth, instead of being creative and creating new business ventures, are conditioned to seek out government jobs that do not require any creativity, but rather obedience to the bureaucratic law Criticism is not tolerated, and consent is demanded This is the state of affairs present now, and this is why Mises is such a smart thinker, considering this book has been written 70 years ago, but still terrifyingly relevant


  4. says:

    The Bureaucracy analyzes and compares the structural organization in the functionality of private enterprise to bureaucratic agencies and public enterprise The main objective of business administration is to make profit in the most efficient manner in serving the demands of the consumer On the other hand, the main objective of public administration cannot be simply measured in terms of monetary value, so the marketplace has no ability to set any prices and achievement It is impossible to know The Bureaucracy analyzes and compares the structural organization in the functionality of private enterprise to bureaucratic agencies and public enterprise The main objective of business administration is to make profit in the most efficient manner in serving the demands of the consumer On the other hand, the main objective of public administration cannot be simply measured in terms of monetary value, so the marketplace has no ability to set any prices and achievement It is impossible to know how well public administration is performed because the market cannot provide the information.Ludwig von Mises stresses the importance of some bureaucratic structure, yet the failure of bureaucracy is not deficient policy nor corruption, but it is compliance with rigid hierarchical structure implemented by strict instruction, which does prevent arbitrary decision making.Bureaucratic structure curtails competition and innovation where customary and antiquated methods become prescribed as the norm, and no new ideas are considered thereby no progress or reform becomes anew Consequently, bureaucratic management has invaded business management where government interference with business is distorting the evolution of free enterprise The burgeoning dependence on the discretion of government bureaucracy either ruins or favors particular industries, so business becomes less efficient andcorrupt in gaining the advantage in the market.The most profound implication of bureaucratization is the bureaucrat as the voter As government promulgates expansive powers of bureaucratic structures, the bureaucrat benefits greatly from public fundsthan from individual contribution therefore, the bureaucrat s greatest concern is not balanced budgets but ever expanding budgets because the means of increased income is only obtained by the expropriation of property from taxation.Overall, Ludwig von Mises provides brilliant insight into the necessary but destructive apparatus of bureaucracy Mises biggest concern was the prevention of the continued spread of socialism, and The Bureaucracy shows how complete social organization of bureaucratic structures stagnates society and individual initiative The Bureaucracy definitely is still a must read for any advocate of Austrian School of Economics and free enterprise


  5. says:

    This is a good short book on some of the problems with our bureaucratic system TLDR it s socialistic


  6. says:

    3.5 out of 5, but I decided to be nice and round up to 4 5.Firstly, I will say that it was a good treatment on bureaucracy and,specifically, planned economy vs free markets Mises is a good writer and makes persuasive arguments However, that doesn t necessarily mean that his arguments are extremely in depth Given that this book is so short, I m willing to let his brevity on some issues slide, but I will need to readof his work in the future to understand his views on fascism and 3.5 out of 5, but I decided to be nice and round up to 4 5.Firstly, I will say that it was a good treatment on bureaucracy and,specifically, planned economy vs free markets Mises is a good writer and makes persuasive arguments However, that doesn t necessarily mean that his arguments are extremely in depth Given that this book is so short, I m willing to let his brevity on some issues slide, but I will need to readof his work in the future to understand his views on fascism and socialism.Now my complaints Mises equates capitalism with free markets and socialism with command economy That s fine if you want to define the words that way, but he instantly loses credibility with any modern left leaning readers because these don t represent the modern usages of those terms While this was probably accepted parlance when this book was written, I would have enjoyed itif he had commented on systems such as market socialism Though it was probably not intentional, parts of this book contain a straw man that all socialist systems are a command economy I suppose this really depends on your definitions, but I digressAnd, as always, this Austrian Econ book is slightly homophobic andthan slightly amerocentric However, it gets a pass because it was written in the 1940s.Overall, this book gave a fairly good overview of why the profit motive is a better organizing principle than bureaucracy, but I can t help but feel that Hayek s Road to Serfdom did it much better


  7. says:

    Bureaucracy is a classic Von Mises lays out the case for free enterprise clearly His argument is based on the distinction between bureaucratic management and profit management In the latter, the measure of success is profit, pure and simple Firms that cannot satisfy the consumer, that cannot profit, die In bureaucracies, it is muchcomplex There is no single measure of success So, in the end, bureaucrats must satisfy the rules and regulations the governments create to hold them in Bureaucracy is a classic Von Mises lays out the case for free enterprise clearly His argument is based on the distinction between bureaucratic management and profit management In the latter, the measure of success is profit, pure and simple Firms that cannot satisfy the consumer, that cannot profit, die In bureaucracies, it is muchcomplex There is no single measure of success So, in the end, bureaucrats must satisfy the rules and regulations the governments create to hold them in check.Despite the deficiencies of bureaucratic management, von Mises believes it has its place There are places where profit management cannot work This distinguishes him from some later writers who would put free market principles in place everywhere And his characterization of the crux of bureaucratic management rings true.Yet his vision of the way profit management works is much too simple In particular, he believes that senior management charges their subordinates simply to create profits, then leaves them alone to do it That does not happen in the real world.There are other problems with his analysis, many of which stem from the era in which von Mises wrote the book In 1944, after all, Hitler had yet to be defeated and the Soviet Union was on the verge of its biggest victory This makes the book a period piece All the same, it makes arguments that still echo today And it makes them in a clear and uncompromising fashion Whichever side of those arguments you find yourself on, Bureaucracy is well worth reading


  8. says:

    for contemporary society, this book is relevant as hell People are trying to get everything while doing nothing and do so with government, they think, that government has an unlimited money and cruel capitalists are plundering mere workers They give a credit to enormous monster, which is bureaucracy and think, that it will solve every problem which they face What a laziness of people We must know, that technological advance, which brings welfare to the people, is only possible in capitalist, for contemporary society, this book is relevant as hell People are trying to get everything while doing nothing and do so with government, they think, that government has an unlimited money and cruel capitalists are plundering mere workers They give a credit to enormous monster, which is bureaucracy and think, that it will solve every problem which they face What a laziness of people We must know, that technological advance, which brings welfare to the people, is only possible in capitalist, competitive system


  9. says:

    Highly recommended For those that don t have the patience to read through Human Action, Bureaucracy is a great way to cut your teeth on sound economic reasoning as it pertains to the pursuit of big government policy Human Action is still a must read, but I would recommend Bureaucracy to anyone, even those that don t have an interest in economics Well reasoned, well written an absolute classic.


  10. says:

    This was absolutely superb book I think that ifpeople read books like this, world could be much better place Mises make you think about world About how is it possible that in 70 years since this book was written absolutely nothing changed in so called liberal governments.


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Bureaucracycharacters Bureaucracy, audiobook Bureaucracy, files book Bureaucracy, today Bureaucracy, Bureaucracy fb103 Professor Von Mises Addressed Himself To A Particular Issue What Is The Essential Difference Between Bureaucratic Management By Government And Market Management In A System Based On Private Ownership Of The Means Of Production Mises Does Not Discuss Bureaus Or Bureaucrats, But Inexorable Principles Of Human Action He Does Not Condemn Bureaucracy, Which Is The Appropriate Technique For The Conduct Of Government Agencies Such As Courts Of Law, Police Departments, And The Internal Revenue Service However, In Economic Production And Distribution, The Bureaucratic Method Is Shown To Be An Abomination That Spells Universal Ruin And Disaster


About the Author: Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises German pronunciation lu tv f n mi z s September 29, 1881 October 10, 1973 was an Austrian economist, historian, philosopher, author, and classical liberal who had a significant influence on the modern free market libertarian movement and the Austrian School.