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Ludwig von Mises: "Despots and democratic majorities are drunk with power. They must reluctantly admit that they are subject to the laws of nature. But they reject the very notion of economic law . . . economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics." - Austrian Economics: An Anthology

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Ludwig von MisesWestern civilization is based upon the libertarian principle and all its achievements are the result of the actions of free men.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 150Western Civilization
Ludwig von MisesThe distinctive principle of Western social philosophy is individualism.Liberty and Property p. 25Western Civilization
Ludwig von MisesThe social system of private property and limited government is the only system that tends to debarbarize all those who have the innate capacity to acquire personal culture.Liberty and Property p. 26Western Civilization
Ludwig von MisesThe eminence of the Western nations consisted in the fact that they succeeded better in checking the spirit of predatory militarism than the rest of mankind and that they thus brought forth the social institutions required for saving and investment on a broader scale.Human Action p. 497; p. 500Western Civilization
Ludwig von MisesThe nations of Western Europe brought forth the political and institutional conditions for safeguarding saving and investment on a broader scale, and thus provided the entrepreneurs with the capital needed.Omnipotent Government p. 101Western Civilization
Ludwig von MisesAll the marvelous achievements of Western civilization are fruits grown on the tree of liberty.The Theory of Money and Credit p. 454Western Civilization