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Ludwig von Mises: "We owe the origin and development of human society and, consequently, of culture and civilization, to the fact that work performed under the division of labor is more productive than when performed in isolation." - Epistemological Problems of Economics


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Ludwig von MisesHe who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.Bureaucracy p. 92Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesThere are no longer real political parties in the old classical sense, but merely pressure groups.Economic Policy p. 96Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesIn the United States, the two-party system of the old days is seemingly still preserved. But this is only a camouflage of the real situation. In fact, the political life of the United States . . . is determined by the struggle and aspirations of pressure groups.Economic Policy p. 96Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesThere can be no more grievous misunderstanding of the meaning and nature of liberalism than to think that it would be possible to secure the victory of liberal ideas by resorting to the methods employed today by the other political parties.Liberalism p. 158Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesAll modern political parties and all modern party ideologies originated as a reaction on the part of special group interests fighting for a privileged status against liberalism.Liberalism p. 160Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesTo the parties of special interests, all political questions appear exclusively as problems of political tactics. Their ultimate goal is fixed for them from the start. Their aim is to obtain, at the cost of the rest of the population, the greatest possible advantages and privileges for the groups they represent. The party platform is intended to disguise this objective and give it a certain appearance of justification, but under no circumstances to announce it publicly as the goal of party policy. The members of the party, in any case, know what their goal is; they do not need to have it explained to them. How much of it ought to be imparted to the world is, however, a purely tactical question.Liberalism pp. 175-76Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesMany people complain today about the lack of creative statesmanship. However, under the predominance of interventionist ideas, a political career is open only to men who identify themselves with the interests of a pressure group.Human Action p. 866; p. 870Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesIf our community does not beget men who have the power to make sound social principles generally acceptable, civilization is lost, whatever the system of government may be.Omnipotent Government p. 119Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesIt is obvious that every constitutional system can be made to work satisfactorily when the rulers are equal to their task. The problem is to find the men fit for office.Omnipotent Government p. 120Political Parties
Ludwig von MisesNo politician is any longer interested in the question whether a measure is fit to produce the ends aimed at. What alone counts for him is whether the majority of the voters favor or reject it.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 94Political Parties