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Ludwig von Mises: "Continued adherence to a policy of compulsory education is utterly incompatible with efforts to establish lasting peace." - Liberalism

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Ludwig von MisesThe program of liberalism, therefore, if condensed into a single word, would have to read: property, that is, private ownership of the means of production. . . . All the other demands of liberalism result from this fundamental demand.Liberalism p. 19Private Property
Ludwig von MisesThe essential teaching of liberalism is that social cooperation and the division of labor can be achieved only in a system of private ownership of the means of production, i.e., within a market society, or capitalism. All the other principles of liberalismdemocracy, personal freedom of the individual, freedom of speech and of the press, religious tolerance, peace among the nationsare consequences of this basic postulate. They can be realized only within a society based on private property.Omnipotent Government p. 48Private Property
Ludwig von MisesPrivate property creates for the individual a sphere in which he is free of the state. It sets limits to the operation of the authoritarian will. It allows other forces to arise side by side with and in opposition to political power.Liberalism pp. 6768Private Property
Ludwig von MisesIf history could prove and teach us anything, it would be that private ownership of the means of production is a necessary requisite of civilization and material well-being. . . . Only nations committed to the principle of private property have risen above penury and produced science, art and literature.Planned Chaos p. 81Private Property
Ludwig von MisesIt belongs to the very essence of a society based on private ownership of the means of production that every man may work and dispose of his earnings where he thinks best.Planned Chaos p. 81Private Property
Ludwig von MisesUnder capitalism, private property is the consummation of the self-determination of the consumers.Human Action p. 680; p. 683Private Property
Ludwig von MisesSocial cooperation, however, can be based only on the foundation of private ownership of the means of production.Epistemological Problems of Economics p. 39Private Property
Ludwig von MisesThe continued existence of society depends upon private property.Liberalism p. 87Private Property
Ludwig von MisesGovernments tolerate private property when they are compelled to do so, but they do not acknowledge it voluntarily in recognition of its necessity.Liberalism p. 68Private Property
Ludwig von MisesThe haves do not have any more reason to support the institution of private ownership of the means of production than do the have-nots.Liberalism p. 186Private Property
Ludwig von MisesThe truth is that every infringement of property rights and every restriction of free enterprise impairs the productivity of labor.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 484Private Property