German sociologist and economist, author of The State


Franz Oppenheimer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Franz Oppenheimer (born 30 March 1864 in Berlin; died 30 September 1943 in Los Angeles) was a German sociologist and political economist, who published also in the area of the fundamental sociology of the state. ..."

Web Pages

Franz Oppenheimer Homepage
in German and English


Franz Oppenheimer Bibliographie
in German


Albert Jay Nock: A Gifted Pen for Radical Individualism, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Mar 1997
Biographical essay, including his early life, editorship of The Freeman, and notable books and essays
"Nock absorbed the ideas of German sociologist Franz Oppenheimer, whose radical book Der Staat was published in 1908. An English translation, The State, appeared in 1915. Oppenheimer had noted that there were only two fundamental ways of acquiring wealth—work and robbery. He declared that government was based on robbery."
The Anatomy of the State, by Murray N. Rothbard, 1974
Examines several attributes of the State, including how it maintains and grows itself and how it deals with other States
"The great German sociologist Franz Oppenheimer pointed out that there are two mutually exclusive ways of acquiring wealth; one ... he called the 'economic means.' The other ... is the method of one-sided confiscation, of theft of the property of others. This is the method which Oppenheimer termed 'the political means' to wealth."

Books Authored

The State: Its History and Development Viewed Sociologically, 1908
Contents: Theories of the State - The Genesis of the State - The Primitive Feudal State - The Maritime State - The Development of the Feudal State - The Development of the Constitutional State - The Tendency of the Development of the State
Related Topic: The State