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Statism is a political ideology where the central state, rather than the people, are the ultimate source of authority and power.[1] Statism tends towards increased central planning in the economic sphere and a curtailing of civil liberties, which may be deemed necessary by those in power to achieve social or militaristic goals. The term statism is derived from the French word etatism, a term which was preferred by Ludwig von Mises as he believed it expressed the fact that the ideology did not originally emerge in Anglo-Saxon countries but rather was later adopted by them.[2]


  1. Denson, John. "The Costs of War", 1999, page 63.
  2. Ludwig von Mises. "Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War", 1985, page 5.