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Ludwig von Mises: "Liberalism, which demands full freedom of the economy, seeks to dissolve the difficulties that the diversity of political arrangements pits against the development of trade by separating the economy from the state. It strives for the greatest possible unification of law, in the last analysis for world unity of law. But it does not believe that to reach this goal, great empires or even a world empire must be created." - Nation, State, and Economy


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Ludwig von MisesFreedom and liberty always mean freedom from police interference.Planned Chaos p. 64Police Power
Ludwig von MisesThe police officer and the fireman have no better claim to the publics gratitude than the doctors, the railroad engineers, the welders, the sailors, or the manufacturers of any useful commodity. The traffic cop has no more cause for conceit than the manufacturer of traffic lights.Bureaucracy p. 77Police Power
Ludwig von MisesIt is in the nature of every application of violence that it tends toward a transgression of the limit within which it is tolerated and viewed as legitimate. Even the best discipline cannot always prevent police officers from striking harder than circumstances require, or prison wardens from inflicting brutalities on inmates.Omnipotent Government p. 156Police Power
Ludwig von MisesThe men who are to protect the community against violent aggression easily turn into the most dangerous aggressors. They transgress their mandate. They misuse their power for the oppression of those whom they were expected to defend against oppression.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 98Police Power
Ludwig von MisesPerhaps they think that they will exercise power for the general good, but that is what all those with power have believed. Power is evil in itself, regardless of who exercises it.Nation, State, and Economy p. 219Power
Ludwig von MisesThe money prices of today are linked with those of yesterday and before, and with those of tomorrow and after.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 130Purchasing Power
Ludwig von MisesAn increase in the purchasing power of money is disadvantageous to the debtor and advantageous to the creditor; a decrease in its purchasing power has the contrary significance.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 229Purchasing Power