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Ludwig von Mises: "Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit." - Theory and History


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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