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Ludwig von Mises: "We must comprehend that it is impossible to improve the economic conditions of the underdeveloped nations by grants in aid. If we send them foodstuffs to fight famines, we merely relieve their governments from the necessity of abandoning their disastrous agricultural policies." - Money, Method, and the Market Process


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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 MisesCompetitors aim at excellence and preeminence in accomplishments within a system of mutual cooperation. The function of competition is to assign to every member of the social system that position in which he can best serve the whole of society and all its members.Human Action p. 117; p. 117Competition
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 MisesIt is merely a metaphor to call competition competitive war, or simply, war. The function of battle is destruction; of competition, construction.Socialism p. 285Competition