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Ludwig von Mises: ". The use of money in a market economy is a praxeologically necessary fact. That gold, and not something else, is used as money is merely a historical fact and as such cannot be conceived by catallactics." - Human Action


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Ludwig von MisesThe foreign critics condemn the Nazi system as capitalist. . . . But this is one charge against the Nazis that is unfounded.Omnipotent Government p. 225Nazism
Ludwig von MisesThis is socialism in the outward guise of capitalism.Omnipotent Government p. 56Nazism
Ludwig von MisesThe mass slaughters perpetrated in the Nazi horror camps are too horrible to be adequately described by words. But they were the logical and consistent application of doctrines and policies parading as applied science and approved by some men who in a sector of the natural sciences have displayed acumen and technical skill in laboratory research.Planned Chaos p. 79Nazism
Ludwig von MisesThe doctrines of Nazism are vicious, but they do not essentially disagree with the ideologies of socialism and nationalism as approved by other peoples public opinion. What characterized the Nazis was only the consistent application of these ideologies to the special conditions of Germany.Human Action p. 187; p. 187Nazism
Ludwig von MisesThere was no secrecy about the ambitions of the Nazis. The Nazis themselves advertised them in innumerable books and pamphlets, and in every issue of their numerous newspapers and periodicals. Nobody can reproach the Nazis with having concocted their plots clandestinely.Omnipotent Government p. 12Nazism
Ludwig von MisesThe main point in the propaganda of Nazism between 1919 and 1933 was: World Jewry and Western capitalism have caused your misery; we will fight these foes, thus rendering you more prosperous.Omnipotent Government p. 115Nazism
Ludwig von MisesTacitus informs us that the German tribes of his day considered it clumsy and shameful to acquire with sweat what could be won by bloodshed. This is also the first moral principle of the Nazis. They despise individuals and nations eager to profit by serving other people; in their eyes robbery is the noblest way to make a living.Omnipotent Government p. 180Nazism
Ludwig von MisesThe inflation had pauperized the middle classes. The victims joined Hitler. But they did not do so because they had suffered but because they believed that Nazism would relieve them. That a man suffers from bad digestion does not explain why he consults a quack. He consults the quack because he thinks that the man will cure him. If he had other opinions, he would consult a doctor. That there was economic distress in Germany does not account for Nazisms success.Omnipotent Government p. 219Nazism
Ludwig von MisesHitler and his clique conquered Germany by brutal violence, by murder and crime. But the doctrines of Nazism had got hold of the German mind long before then. Persuasion, not violence, had converted the immense majority of the nation to the tenets of militant nationalism. If Hitler had not succeeded in winning the race for dictatorship, somebody else would have won it.Omnipotent Government pp. 221-22Nazism
Ludwig von MisesNazism conquered Germany because it never encountered any adequate intellectual resistance.Omnipotent Government p. 222Nazism
Ludwig von MisesYet it is clear that both systems, the German and the Russian, must be considered from an economic point of view as socialist.Omnipotent Government p. 178Nazism