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Ludwig von Mises: "We are still far from understanding the ultimate and most profound secret of life, the principle of the origin of organisms. Who knows whether we shall ever discover it?" - Socialism

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Ludwig von MisesUsed to the conditions of a capitalistic environment, the average American takes it for granted that every year business makes something new and better accessible to him. Looking backward upon the years of his own life, he realizes that many implements that were totally unknown in the days of his youth and many others which at that time could be enjoyed only by a small minority are now standard equipment of almost every household. He is fully confident that this trend will prevail also in the future. He simply calls it the American way of life and does not give serious thought to the question of what made this continuous improvement in the supply of material goods possible.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 7America
Ludwig von MisesThe most serious dangers for American freedom and the American way of life do not come from without.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 101America
Ludwig von MisesFull government control of all activities of the individual is virtually the goal of both national parties.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 157America
Ludwig von MisesThere is no doubt that Bohm-Bawerk's book is the most eminent contribution to modern economic theory. For every economist it is a must to study it most carefully and to scrutinize its content with the utmost care.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 133Bhm-Bawerk, Eugen von
Ludwig von MisesA book of the size and profundity of Capital and Interest is not easy reading. But the effort expended pays very well.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 135Bhm-Bawerk, Eugen von
Ludwig von MisesA government enterprise can never be commercialized no matter how many external features of private enterprise are superimposed on it.A Critique of Interventionism p. 159Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesEconomic knowledge necessarily leads to liberalism.A Critique of Interventionism p. 86Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesA sound monetary policy is one of the foremost means to thwart the insidious schemes of communism.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 106Communism
Ludwig von MisesCompetition takes place among producers and sellers not only within each individual branch of production, but also between all related goods, and in the final analysis, between all economic goods.A Critique of Interventionism p. 48Competition
Ludwig von MisesThe sharper the competition, the better it serves its social function to improve economic production.A Critique of Interventionism p. 84Competition
Ludwig von MisesThe first step which led from the soldiers war back to total war was the introduction of compulsory military service. It gradually did away with the difference between soldiers and citizens.Interventionism pp. 69-70Conscription
Ludwig von MisesCompulsory military service thus leads to compulsory labor service of all citizens who are able to work, male and female. . . . Mobilization has become total; the nation and the state have been transformed into an army; war socialism has replaced the market economy.Interventionism pp. 69-70Conscription
Ludwig von MisesThe corruption of the regulatory bodies does not shake his blind confidence in the infallibility and perfection of the state; it merely fills him with moral aversion to entrepreneurs and capitalists.A Critique of Interventionism p. 30Corruption
Ludwig von MisesThe social function of economic science consists precisely in developing sound economic theories and in exploding the fallacies of vicious reasoning. In the pursuit of this task the economist incurs the deadly enmity of all mountebanks and charlatans whose shortcuts to an earthly paradise he debunks.Economic Freedom and Interventionism pp. 51-52Economics
Ludwig von MisesThe main achievement of economics is that it has provided a theory of peaceful human cooperation. This is why the harbingers of violent conflict have branded it as a dismal science and why this age of wars, civil wars, and destruction has no use for it.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 235Economics
Ludwig von MisesBut for a few dozen individuals all over the globe are cognizant of economics, and no statesman or politician cares about it.A Critique of Interventionism p. 106Economics
Ludwig von MisesThere is, in fact, in the writings and teaching of those who nowadays call themselves economists, no longer any comprehension of the operation of the economic system as such.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 154Economists
Ludwig von MisesIn the same way in which it is impossible for a mathematician to specialize in triangles and to neglect the study of circles, it is impossible to be an expert on wage rates without at the same time mastering the problems of profits and interest, commodity prices, and currency and banking.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 234Economists
Ludwig von MisesThe modern American high school, reformed according to the principles of John Dewey, has failed lamentably, as all competent experts agree, in the teaching of mathematics, physics, languages, and history.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 171Education
Ludwig von MisesNobody seems to doubt that to prevent some people from acquiring riches is a policy extremely beneficial for the rest of society.Economic Freedom and Interventionism pp. 23132Envy
Ludwig von MisesTherefore nothing is more important today than to enlighten public opinion about the basic differences between genuine Liberalism, which advocates the free market economy, and the various interventionist parties which are advocating government interference.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 244Future
Ludwig von MisesThe return to gold does not depend on the fulfillment of some material condition. It is an ideological problem. It presupposes only one thing: the abandonment of the illusion that increasing the quantity of money creates prosperity.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 86Gold Standard
Ludwig von MisesDaily experience proves clearly to everybody but the most bigoted fanatics of socialism that governmental management is inefficient and wasteful.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 62Government
Ludwig von MisesThere is no remedy for the inefficiency of public management.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 63Government
Ludwig von MisesIt cannot be denied that everyone is inclined...to overestimate his own credit rating, and call the rates demanded by creditors too high.A Critique of Interventionism p. 49Interest rate
Ludwig von MisesPublic opinion always wants easy money, that is, low interest rates.A Critique of Interventionism p. 163Interest rate
Ludwig von MisesIf all interventionist laws were really to be observed they would soon lead to absurdity.A Critique of Interventionism p. 30Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesIn his book on Eternal Peace, the German philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested that government should be forbidden to finance wars by borrowing. He expected that the warlike spirit would dwindle if all countries had to pay cash for their wars.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 99Kant, Immanuel
Ludwig von MisesEvery innovation makes its appearance as a luxury of the few well-to-do. After industry has become aware of it, the luxury then becomes a necessity for all.A Critique of Interventionism p. 158Luxuries
Ludwig von MisesA great deal of what people in less capitalistic countries consider luxury is a common good in the more capitalistically developed countries.A Critique of Interventionism p. 158Luxuries