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By Hoppe H.-H.

Hoppe supplies a cautious definition of what he capability by means of the phrases ''capitalism'' and ''socialism'' after which proceeds to investigate many variations, together with Russian-style Socialism, Social Democracy, Conservatism, and piecemeal Social Engineering. He additionally explores the supply of so-called ''public goods'' (i.e., nationwide safeguard, justice, security), and the issues of monopolies in capitalist international locations.

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Nonetheless, the problem of determining what should be done with the means of production still exists and must be solved somehow, provided there is no prestabilized and presynchronized harmony of interests among all of the people (in which case no problems whatsoever would exist anymore), but rather some degree of disagreement. Only one view as to what should be done can in fact prevail and others must mutatis mutandis be excluded. But then again there must be inequalities between people: someone's or some groups' opinion must win over that of others.

But secondly, no owner of means of production rightfully owns all of the income that can be derived from the usage of his means of production and no owner is left to decide how much of the total income from production to allocate to consumption and investment. Instead, part of the income from production rightfully belongs to society, has to be handed over to it, and is then, according to ideas of egalitarianism or distributive justice, redistributed to its individual members. 8 Seen from the point of view of the natural theory of property-the theory underlying capitalism~the adoption of these rules implies that the rights of the natural owner have been aggressively invaded.

In the above analysis the conclusion is reached that the effect of higher taxes is a relative reduction in production for monetary returns; a reduction, that is, as compared with the level of production that would have been attained had the degree of taxation not been altered. It does not say or imply anything with respect to the absolute level of output produced. As a matter of fact, absolute growth of GNP is not only compatible with our analysis but can be seen as a perfectly normal phenomenon to the extent that advances in productivity are possible and actually take place.

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