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Ludwig von Mises: "Despots and democratic majorities are drunk with power. They must reluctantly admit that they are subject to the laws of nature. But they reject the very notion of economic law . . . economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics." - Austrian Economics: An Anthology


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Ludwig von MisesEconomic knowledge necessarily leads to liberalism.A Critique of Interventionism p. 86Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesSeveral generations of economic policy which was nearly liberal have enormously increased the wealth of the world.Socialism p. 13Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesFor Liberalism has never pretended to be more than a philosophy of earthly life. What it teaches is concerned only with earthly action and desistance from action. It has never claimed to exhaust the Last or Greatest Secret of Man.Socialism p. 37Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesLiberalism champions private property in the means of production because it expects a higher standard of living from such an economic organization, not because it wishes to help the owners.Socialism p. 46Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesThat Liberalism aims at the protection of property and that it rejects war are two expressions of one and the same principle.Socialism p. 59Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesThe only task of the strictly Liberal state is to secure life and property against attacks both from external and internal foes.Socialism p. 133Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesFreedom, democracy, peace, and private property are deemed good because they are the best means for promoting human happiness and welfare. Liberalism wants to secure to man a life free from fear and want. That is all.Omnipotent Government p. 51Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesThe main excellence of the liberal scheme of social, economic, and political organization is precisely this — that it makes the peaceful cooperation of nations possible.Omnipotent Government p. 91Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesImagine a world order in which liberalism is supreme . . . there is private property in the means of production. The working of the market is not hampered by government interference. There are no trade barriers; men can live and work where they want.Omnipotent Government pp. 91-92Classical Liberalism
Ludwig von MisesTo the man who adopts the scientific method in reflecting upon the problems of human action, liberalism must appear as the only policy that can lead to lasting well-being for himself, his friends, and his loved ones, and, indeed, for all others as well.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 39Classical Liberalism