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

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Ludwig von MisesOnly the literati are enthusiastic about poverty, i.e., the poverty of others. The rest of mankind, however, prefer prosperity to misery.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 92Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesThe intellectual leaders of the peoples have produced and propagated the fallacies which are on the point of destroying liberty and Western civilization.Planned Chaos p. 90Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesIt is certain that many intellectuals envy the higher income of prosperous businessmen and that these feelings drive them toward socialism. They believe that the authorities of a socialist commonwealth would pay them higher salaries than those that they earn under capitalism.Human Action p. 90; p. 90Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesAmerican authors or scientists are prone to consider the wealthy businessman as a barbarian, as a man exclusively intent upon making money.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality p. 20Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesThere are people to whom monetary calculation is repulsive. They do not want to be roused from their daydreams by the voice of critical reason. Reality sickens them, they long for a realm of unlimited opportunity.Human Action p. 231; p. 230Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesThe professors did not instill a scientific spirit into the bureaus. But the bureaus gave them the mentality of authoritarianism. They distrust the populace and consider the State (with a capital S) as the God-sent guardian of the wretched underlings.Planning for Freedom p. 167Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesThe first socialists were the intellectuals; they and not the masses are the backbone of Socialism.Socialism p. 461Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesAlmost all the fathers of socialism were members of the upper middle class or of the professions.Omnipotent Government p. 118Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesFrom the political point of view it is no doubt dangerous that men are so easily stirred by bombastic talk. But the political actions of modern nationalism cannot be explained or excused by chauvinist intoxication. They are the outcome of cool though misguided reasoning.Omnipotent Government p. 125Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesThe educated classes are possessed by the idea that in the social domain anything can be accomplished if only one applies enough force and is sufficiently resolute.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 200Intellectuals
Ludwig von MisesEvery new theory encounters opposition and rejection at first.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 184Intellectuals