Mises’ ‘Evil Seed’ of Christianity

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Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Abstract

Mises’ motto was ‘Do not give into evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it’—one of his targets was the ‘böse Saat’—‘evil seed’—of Christianity. In 1922, Mises declared that the Church must liberate itself from ‘the words of the Scriptures’ because the First Estate (the clergy) had failed to prop-up the neo-feudal social hierarchy which, until 1918, had provided the foundations of his intergenerational entitlement program: ‘All efforts to find support for the institution of private property in general and private ownership of the means of production in particular, in the teachings of Christ are quite vain.’ In 1927, Mises found a replacement: ‘The victory of Fascism in a number of countries is only an episode in the long series of struggles over the problem of property.’ The ‘Fascists’ praised by Mises included ‘Germans and Italians,’ ‘Ludendorff and Hitler.’

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  1. 1.Department of EconomicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Notre Dame Australia UniversityFremantleAustralia

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