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Ludwig von Mises: "This, then, is freedom in the external life of manthat he is independent of the arbitrary power of his fellows. Such freedom is no natural right. It did not exist under primitive conditions. It arose in the process of social development and its final completion is the work of mature Capitalism." - Socialism

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Ludwig von MisesThe worst law is better than bureaucratic tyranny.Bureaucracy p. 76Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesIn all countries with a settled bureaucracy people used to say: The cabinets come and go, but the bureaus remain.Bureaucracy p. 55Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesBureaucratic management is management of affairs which cannot be checked by economic calculation.Bureaucracy p. 48Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesNobody can be at the same time a correct bureaucrat and an innovator.Bureaucracy p. 67Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesThe ultimate basis of an all around bureaucratic system is violence.Bureaucracy p. 104Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesThe first virtue of an administrator is to abide by the codes and decrees.Bureaucracy p. 41Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesThe bureaucrat is not free to aim at improvement. He is bound to obey rules and regulations established by a superior body. He has no right to embark upon innovations if his superiors do not approve of them. His duty and his virtue is to be obedient.Bureaucracy p. 66Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesA bureaucrat differs from a nonbureaucrat precisely because he is working in a field in which it is impossible to appraise the result of a mans effort in terms of money.Bureaucracy p. 53Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesProgress of any kind is always at variance with the old and established ideas and therefore with the codes inspired by them. Every step of progress is a change involving heavy risks.Bureaucracy p. 67Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesThe trend toward bureaucratic rigidity is not inherent in the evolution of business. It is an outcome of government meddling with business.Bureaucracy p. 12Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesNo private enterprise will ever fall prey to bureaucratic methods of management if it is operated with the sole aim of making profit.Bureaucracy p. 64Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesThe elaborate methods of modern bookkeeping, accountancy, and business statistics provide the enterpriser with a faithful image of all his operations. He is in a position to learn how successful or unsuccessful every one of his transactions was.Bureaucracy p. 32Economic Calculation
Ludwig von MisesThe capitalist system of production is an economic democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote. The consumers are the sovereign people. The capitalists, the entrepreneurs, and the farmers are the peoples mandatories.Bureaucracy pp. 2122Capitalism
Ludwig von MisesCapitalism means free enterprise, sovereignty of the consumers in economic matters, and sovereignty of the voters in political matters. Socialism means full government control of every sphere of the individuals life and the unrestricted supremacy of the government in its capacity as central board of production management.Bureaucracy p. 10Capitalism vs. Socialism
Ludwig von MisesMost people joined the staff of the government offices because the salary and the pension offered were higher than what they could expect to earn in other occupations. They did not renounce anything in serving the government. Civil service was for them the most profitable job they could find.Bureaucracy p. 79Civil Service
Ludwig von MisesRepresentative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll. If the members of parliament no longer consider themselves mandatories of the taxpayers but deputies of those receiving salaries, wages, subsidies, doles, and other benefits from the treasury, democracy is done for.Bureaucracy p. 81Civil Service
Ludwig von MisesUnder capitalism everybody is the architect of his own fortune.Bureaucracy p. 100Class Mobility
Ludwig von MisesThe real bosses, in the capitalist system of market economy, are the consumers.Bureaucracy pp. 20-21Consumer
Ludwig von MisesThe consumers are merciless. They never buy in order to benefit a less efficient producer and to protect him against the consequences of his failure to manage better. They want to be served as well as possible. And the working of the capitalist system forces the entrepreneur to obey the orders issued by the consumers.Bureaucracy p. 37Consumer
Ludwig von MisesIn public administration there is no connection between revenue and expenditure.Bureaucracy p. 47Deficits
Ludwig von MisesThe two pillars of democratic government are the primacy of the law and the budget.Bureaucracy p. 41Deficits
Ludwig von MisesDemocracy is not a good that people can enjoy without trouble. It is, on the contrary, a treasure that must be daily defended and conquered anew by strenuous effort.Bureaucracy p. 121Democracy
Ludwig von MisesMost of the tyrants, despots, and dictators are sincerely convinced that their rule is beneficial for the people, that theirs is government for the people.Bureaucracy p. 43Dictatorship
Ludwig von MisesEvery dictator plans to rear, raise, feed, and train his fellow men as the breeder does his cattle. His aim is not to make the people happy but to bring them into a condition which renders him, the dictator, happy. He wants to domesticate them, to give them cattle status. The cattle breeder also is a benevolent despot.Bureaucracy p. 91Dictatorship
Ludwig von MisesUnder the division of labor, the structure of society rests on the shoulders of all men and women.Bureaucracy pp. 77-78Division of Labor
Ludwig von MisesEuropean totalitarianism is an upshot of bureaucracys preeminence in the field of education. The universities paved the way for the dictators.Bureaucracy p. 87Education
Ludwig von MisesEducation rears disciples, imitators, and routinists, not pioneers of new ideas and creative geniuses. . . . The mark of the creative mind is that it defies a part of what it has learned or, at least, adds something new to it.Bureaucracy p. 71Education
Ludwig von MisesIt is not in the power of the government to make everybody more prosperous.Bureaucracy p. 84Farm Programs
Ludwig von MisesThe government pretends to be endowed with the mystical power to accord favors out of an inexhaustible horn of plenty. It is both omniscient and omnipotent. It can by a magic wand create happiness and abundance.Bureaucracy p. 84Government
Ludwig von MisesYou do not increase the happiness of a man eager to attend a performance of Abies Irish Rose by forcing him to attend a perfect performance of Hamlet instead. You may deride his poor taste. But he alone is supreme in matters of his own satisfaction.Bureaucracy pp. 9091Happiness