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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 MisesThe planner is a potential dictator who wants to deprive all other people of the power to plan and act according to their own plans. He aims at one thing only: the exclusive absolute preeminence of his own plan.Planned Chaos p. 29Social Planning
Ludwig von MisesAt the bottom of all this fanatical advocacy of planning and socialism there is often nothing else than the intimate consciousness of ones own inferiority and inefficiency.Bureaucracy p. 92Social Planning
Ludwig von MisesAll this passionate praise of the supereminence of government action is but a poor disguise for the individual interventionists self-deification. The great god State is a great god only because it is expected to do exclusively what the individual advocate of interventionism wants to see achieved.Human Action p. 727; pp. 731-32Social Planning
Ludwig von MisesThe writings of the socialists are full of such utopian fancies. Whether they call themselves Marxian or non-Marxian socialists, technocrats, or simply planners, they are all eager to show how foolishly things are arranged in reality and how happily men could live if they were to invest the reformers with dictatorial powers.Human Action p. 503; pp. 506-07Social Planning
Ludwig von MisesThe eyes with which we look at the matter must not be those of the dreamer envisioning a lost paradise, who sees the future in a blaze of rose-colored light, and condemns all that goes on around us.Socialism p. 92Social Planning
Ludwig von MisesIf a man says socialism, or planning, he always has in view his own brand of socialism, his own plan. Thus planning does not in fact mean preparedness to cooperate peacefully. It means conflict.Omnipotent Government p. 243Social Planning
Ludwig von MisesThe social engineer is the reformer who is prepared to liquidate all those who do not fit into his plan for the arrangement of human affairs.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 94Social Planning