Ludwig von Mises: "Marx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced them, and in the use of these methods their followers are not less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person." - Socialism
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|Ludwig von Mises||The 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. 29||Social Planning
|Ludwig von Mises||At 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. 92||Social Planning
|Ludwig von Mises||All 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. 731-32||Social Planning
|Ludwig von Mises||The 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. 506-07||Social Planning
|Ludwig von Mises||The 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. 92||Social Planning
|Ludwig von Mises||If 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. 243||Social Planning
|Ludwig von Mises||The 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. 94||Social Planning