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Ludwig von Mises: "This, 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


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Ludwig von MisesThe factory owners did not have the power to compel anybody to take a factory job. They could only hire people who were ready to work for the wages offered to them…. Their only refuge was the factory. It saved them, in the strict sense of the term, from death by starvation.Human Action p. 615; pp. 619-20Industrial Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe outstanding fact about the Industrial Revolution is that it opened an age of mass production for the needs of the masses. .Human Action p. 616; p. 621Industrial Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe market economy itself was not a product of violent actionof revolutionsbut of a series of gradual peaceful changes. The implications of the term industrial revolution are utterly misleading.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 109Industrial Revolution