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Ludwig von Mises: "If one wants to study the reasons for Europes backwardness, it would be necessary to examine the manifold laws and regulations that prevented in Europe the establishment of an equivalent of the American drug store and crippled the evolution of chain stores, department stores, super markets and kindred outfits." - Planning for Freedom


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Ludwig von MisesEven capital punishment could not make price control work in the days of Emperor Diocletian and the French Revolution.Defense, Control, and Inflation pp. 109-10Price control
Ludwig von MisesEconomics does not say that isolated government interference with the prices of only one commodity or a few commodities is unfair, bad, or unfeasible. It says that such interference produces results contrary to its purpose, that it makes conditions worse, not better, from the point of view of the government and those backing its interference.Human Action p. 758; p. 764Price control
Ludwig von MisesA government that sets out to abolish market prices is inevitably driven toward the abolition of private property; it has to recognize that there is no middle way between the system of private property in the means of production combined with free contract, and the system of common ownership of the means of production, or socialism. It is gradually forced toward compulsory production, universal obligation to labor, rationing of consumption, and, finally, official regulation of the whole of production and consumption.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 281Price control
Ludwig von MisesDuring thousands of years, in all parts of the inhabited earth, innumerable sacrifices have been made to the chimera of just and reasonable prices.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 282Price control
Ludwig von MisesEconomic affairs cannot be kept going by magistrates and policemen.The Theory of Money and Creditp. 282Price Control