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Ludwig von Mises: "Great conflicts of ideas must be solved by straight and frank methods; they cannot be solved by artifices and makeshifts." - Planning for Freedom

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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 MisesSeen from the point of view of the particular group interests of the bureaucrats, every measure that makes the governments payroll swell is progress.Planning for Freedom p. 48Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesIf you have to convince a group of people who are not directly dependent on a solution of a problem, you will never succeed.Economic Policy pp. 30-31Bureaucracy
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 MisesThe first virtue of an administrator is to abide by the codes and decrees.Bureaucracy p. 41Bureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesBureaucratic conduct of affairs is conduct bound to comply with detailed rules and regulations fixed by the authority of a superior body. It is the only alternative to profit management. . . . Whenever the operation of a system is not directed by the profit motive, it must be directed by bureaucratic rules.Human Action p. 307; p. 310Bureaucracy
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 MisesOnly to bureaucrats can the idea occur that establishing new offices, promulgating new decrees, and increasing the number of government employees alone can be described as positive and beneficial measures.Omnipotent Government p. xBureaucracy
Ludwig von MisesThe public firm can nowhere maintain itself in free competition with the private firm; it is possible today only where it has a monopoly that excludes competition. Even that alone is evidence of its lesser economic productivity.Nation, State, and Economy p. 186Bureaucracy
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