Ludwig von Mises: "Man is not, like the animals, an obsequious puppet of instincts and sensual impulses. Man has the power to suppress instinctive desires, he has a will of his own, he chooses between incompatible ends." - The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science
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|Ludwig von Mises||The characteristic feature of modern capitalism is mass production of goods destined for consumption by the masses. The result is a tendency towards a continuous improvement in the average standard of living, a progressing enrichment of the many.||The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality|| p. 1||Standard Of Living
|Ludwig von Mises||Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the richest people.||The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality|| p. 3||Standard Of Living
|Ludwig von Mises||The European worker today lives under more favorable and more agreeable outward circumstances than the pharaoh of Egypt once did, in spite of the fact that the pharaoh commanded thousands of slaves, while the worker has nothing to depend on but the strength and skill of his hands.||Liberalism|| pp. 22-23||Standard Of Living
|Ludwig von Mises||The standard of living of the common man is highest in those countries which have the greatest number of wealthy entrepreneurs.||Planning for Freedom|| p. 135||Standard Of Living
|Ludwig von Mises||How uneasy an American worker would be if he were forced to live in the style of a medieval lord and to miss the plumbing facilities and the other gadgets he simply takes for granted!||Human Action|| pp. 612; p. 616||Standard Of Living
|Ludwig von Mises||Mankind has not reached the stage of ultimate technological perfection. There is ample room for further progress and for further improvement of the standards of living. The creative and inventive spirit subsists notwithstanding all assertions to the contrary. But it flourishes only where there is economic freedom.||Omnipotent Government|| p. x||Standard Of Living