1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar
Source link: http://archive.mises.org/6248/the-vampire-economy-guenter-reiman/

The Vampire Economy: Guenter Reiman

February 12, 2007 by

The Vampire Economy, by Guenter Reimann (1939) is a rare and wonderful thing: a detailed account of how the Nazis crushed the private sector and hamstrung the economy with vast regulations, violations of property rights, inflation, price controls, and taxes.

It is now available in PDF, and also as a print on demand book.

The author emigrated from Germany and worked on Wall Street after the war. One very odd thing: Reimann was a member of the Communist Party.

THE business organization of private enterprise has had to be reorganized in accordance with the new state of things. Departments which previously were the heart of a firm have become of minor importance. Other departments which either did not exist or which had only auxiliary functions have become dominant and have usurped the real functions of management.

Formerly the purchasing agent and the salesmanager were among the most important members of a business organization. Today the emphasis has shifted and a curious new business aide, a sort of combination “gobetween” and public relations counsel, is now all-important.

His job—not the least interesting outgrowth of the Nazi economic system—is to maintain good personal relations with officials in the Economic Ministry, where he is an almost daily caller; he studies all the new regulations and decrees, knows how to interpret them in relation to his particular firm and is able to guess at what may be permitted or forbidden. In other words, it is his business to know how far one can go without being caught. He also develops special knowledge on how to camouflage private interests so that they appear to be “interests of the community” or of the State.

Graphic from page 2


Robert Brager February 12, 2007 at 1:34 pm

Mises Institute, I could kiss you.

Dan Coleman February 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm

I neither want to sound ungrateful or sound as though I’m making demands on anyone, so drop the following if it appears at all naive and thoughtless:

Is there any way that Mises.org could post a more blown up version of that image? I’d love to pass it along to a few people that I know. . .

Dennis February 12, 2007 at 2:28 pm

“[H]ow the Nazis crushed the private sector and hamstrung the economy with vast regulations, violations of property rights, inflation, price controls, and taxes.”

Are not these tactics the same as those employed by the staunch interventionists that control government, academia, and the media in virtually the entire Western world? While our interventionists would never admit the truth, in important aspects their economic policy is quite similar to that of the Nazis.

Sooperdave February 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm
banker February 12, 2007 at 9:03 pm

“While our interventionists would never admit the truth…”-quote

This is the problem. Interventionists never base their idealogy on logic, only on emotional 2 second catch phrases. No one can debate against emotional arguements. Instead we are left with people like Mr. Obama, of whom people think is the next best thing since sliced cheese.

Sudha Shenoy February 12, 2007 at 10:23 pm

1. “in impt respects [current govt]policy is quite similar to that of the Nazis.” Exactly: see The Road to Serfdom. That’s just what Hayek showed.

2. “One very odd thing:Reimann was a member of the Communist Party.” Again, see RtS: both sets of totalitarians were great rivals for political power in the inter-war period. The Nazis naturally persecuted their opposite numbers.

Dennis February 13, 2007 at 11:47 am

Yes, Hayek was quite accurate, prescient in his analysis in “The Road to Serfdom”.

PBinder February 14, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Thanks. I was favorably impressed with Reimann’s accuracy of vision.

happylee February 15, 2007 at 3:03 am

just wait…so it shall be under globo-carbon-control.

N. Joseph Potts February 15, 2007 at 10:13 am

For fans of (alternative) history, this story (I HAVE read the book, recently) has interesting implications for the mid- and long-term fitness of the German war machine that so terrorized the world in the late Thirties and Forties.

This war machine SEEMED to remain potent (including economically) right through to the end, but from this analysis, it can readily be seen that, like the Soviet Union, it was doomed from the outset by internal weaknesses that only grew with time, like cancer.

This cancer, obviously, is gnawing today at the vitals of the American war machine, too. War machines have an especial susceptibility to this malady. Something to do with the essential nature of war, I think.

Dirk February 23, 2007 at 2:24 pm

Book has been delivered (to Germany) today. Great quality, great content. Thank you MI for making this book available again, thank you especially for making shipping to European customers using lulu.com much cheaper. I hope shipping from the mises.org shop will be as cheap as lulu.com one day. I am sure you would have many more customers over here.

tc November 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Sure, a communist Wall Street inside trader jew offers his oppinions on vampires…

He should know…

Visitor July 31, 2011 at 7:24 am

Why do you hide he was Jew?

“Reimann was born Hans Steinicke into a bourgeois German-Jewish family ”


So, a Jewish Communist (99% of Communist in Russia were Jews, so in Europe) runs to London, then to the States to join Wall Street… and suddenly is your hero? Really Mises readers? Is this your intellectual level?

Open your eyes, see Wall Street today. Are you sure with yourself licking Wall Street and it’s communists apologists? And Why that mix of commies in Wall Street? Because it’s not about “free market” or “communism”, it’s about Jews in control or not, and they were not in control in Germany, they were kicked out of the Banks. And no, bureacrazy did not grow, in fact, Hitler made gun laws easier, lower the age from 21 to 18, simplified gun ownership, in fact, the Americans were the ones who outlaw guns for civilians! When they American invaders demanded guns from the families, they were astonished to see how many guns German civilians had!

Careful with Jewish Von Mises.

nate-m July 31, 2011 at 9:19 am

Follow your Hitler’s example: Eat Shit and Die.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: