Statism is a political ideology where the central state, rather than the people, are the ultimate source of authority and power. 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.
- Denson, John. "The Costs of War", 1999, page 63.
- Ludwig von Mises. "Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War", 1985, page 5.
- Capitalism versus Statism by Murray N. Rothbard
- The Political Doctrine of Statism by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., May 2011
- The Century of Statism by William L. Anderson, December 1999
- The Recovery and Statism (video) by David Gordon, October 2010
- Is Statism Safer for the Environment? (video), Andrew Napolitano interviews Walter Block, May 2010
- A Crisis of Global Statism by Pierre Lemieux, September 2008
- The Rise of Statism by Murray N. Rothbard, 1987
- Statism at Wikipedia