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Ludwig von MisesThe essence of the interventionist policy is to take from one group to give to another. It is confiscation and distribution.Human Action p. 851; p. 855Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesIf all interventionist laws were really to be observed they would soon lead to absurdity.A Critique of Interventionism p. 30Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesSocialism and interventionism. Both have in common the goal of subordinating the individual unconditionally to the state.Omnipotent Government p. 44Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesEconomic interventionism is a self-defeating policy. The individual measures that it applies do not achieve the results sought.Bureaucracy p. 119Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesInterventionism cannot be considered as an economic system destined to stay. It is a method for the transformation of capitalism into socialism by a series of successive steps.Planning for Freedom p. 28Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesThe middle-of-the-road policy is not an economic system that can last. It is a method for the realization of socialism by installments.Planning for Freedom pp. 32-33Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesThe effect of its interference is that people are prevented from using their knowledge and abilities, their labor and their material means of production in the way in which they would earn the highest returns and satisfy their needs as much as possible. Such interference makes people poorer and less satisfied.Human Action p. 736; p. 743Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesOn the unhampered market there prevails an irresistible tendency to employ every factor of production for the best possible satisfaction of the most urgent needs of the consumers. If the government interferes with this process, it can only impair satisfaction; it can never improve it.Human Action pp. 736-37; pp. 743-44Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesIf the State takes the power of disposal from the owner piecemeal, by extending its influence over production... then the owner is left at last with nothing except the empty name of ownership, and property has passed into the hands of the State.Socialism p. 45Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesEvery step that leads away from private ownership of the means of production and the use of money is a step away from rational economic activity.Socialism p. 102Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesState interference in economic life, which calls itself economic policy, has done nothing but destroy economic life. Prohibitions and regulations have by their general obstructive tendency fostered the growth of the spirit of wastefulness.Socialism p. 424Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesIt is indeed one of the principal drawbacks of every kind of interventionism that it is so difficult to reverse the process.Socialism p. 440Interventionism
Ludwig von MisesEvery step which leads from capitalism toward planning is necessarily a step nearer to absolutism and dictatorship.Omnipotent Government p. 53Interventionism