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Ludwig von Mises: "Human action is purposeful behavior." - Human Action

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Ludwig von MisesThe distinction between an economic sphere of human life and activity and a noneconomic sphere is the worst of their fallacies.Theory and History pp. 37677Freedom
Ludwig von MisesFreedom must be granted to all, even to base people, lest the few who can use it for the benefit of mankind be hindered.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality p. 108Freedom
Ludwig von MisesAs soon as the economic freedom which the market economy grants to its members is removed, all political liberties and bills of rights become humbug.Human Action p. 284; p. 287Freedom
Ludwig von MisesFreedom is indivisible. As soon as one starts to restrict it, one enters upon a decline on which it is difficult to stop.Human Action p. 319; p. 322Freedom
Ludwig von MisesThe idea that political freedom can be preserved in the absence of economic freedom, and vice versa, is an illusion. Political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom.Planning for Freedom p. 38Freedom
Ludwig von MisesThe characteristic feature of a free society is that it can function in spite of the fact that its members disagree in many judgments of value.Theory and History p. 61Freedom
Ludwig von MisesFreedom in society means that a man depends as much upon other people as other people depend on him.Economic Policy p. 19Freedom
Ludwig von MisesFreedom really means the freedom to make mistakes.Economic Policy p. 22Freedom
Ludwig von MisesMany of our contemporaries are firmly convinced that what is needed to render all human affairs perfectly satisfactory is brutal suppression of all bad people, i.e., of those with whom they disagree.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 95Freedom
Ludwig von MisesThis, 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 p. 171Freedom
Ludwig von MisesWhen men have gained freedom in purely economic relationships they begin to desire it elsewhere.Socialism p. 171Freedom
Ludwig von MisesThe only true national autonomy is the freedom of the individual against the state and society.Nation, State, and Economy p. 96Freedom
Ludwig von MisesAs soon as we surrender the principle that the state should not interfere in any questions touching on the individuals mode of life, we end by regulating and restricting the latter down to the smallest detail.Liberalism p. 54Freedom
Ludwig von MisesThe meaning of economic freedom is this: that the individual is in a position to choose the way in which he wants to integrate himself into the totality of society.Economic Policy p. 17Freedom
Ludwig von MisesLiberty and freedom are the conditions of man within a contractual society.Human Action p. 282Freedom
Ludwig von MisesWhere there is no market economy, the best-intentioned provisions of constitutions and laws remain a dead letter.Human Action p. 283; p. 285Freedom
Ludwig von MisesThe freedom of man under capitalism is an effect of competition.Human Action p. 283; p. 285Freedom
Ludwig von MisesA free press can exist only where there is private control on the means of production.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality p. 55Freedom of The Press
Ludwig von MisesIt was in the climate created by this capitalistic system of individualism that all the modern intellectual achievements thrived.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 123Freedom of Thought