The Rise and Fall of Society

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The Rise and

Fall of Society

An Essay on the Economic Forces
That Underlie Social Institutions



NEW YORK, 1959

foreword by frank s. meyer vii
acknowledgment xi
introduction xvii
1 economics versus politics 3
2 from god or the sword? 11
3 the unit of social life 20
4 society are people 29
5 "easy come, easy go" 38
6 the humanity of trade 48
7 plenty by competition 57
8 government and property 66
9 a case of corruption 80
10 a state is born 89
11 "social services" 99
12 the profit of reform 111
13 the maker of shortages 123
14 a matter of degree 134
15 one can always hope 145

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