Ludwig von Mises: "The armament industry created militarism and imperialism, however, just as little as, say, the distilleries created alcoholism or publishing houses trashy literature. The supply of weapons did not call forth the demand, but rather the other way around." - Nation, State, and Economy
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|Ludwig von Mises||Great Britain would not have gone socialist if the Conservatives, not to speak of the Liberals, had not virtually endorsed socialist ideas.||Theory and History|| p. 319n||Conservatism
|Ludwig von Mises||The essence of an individuals freedom is the opportunity to deviate from traditional ways of thinking and of doing things.||Theory and History|| p. 378||Conservatism
|Ludwig von Mises||Every conservative policy, however, is fated from the start to fail; after all, its essence is to stop something unstoppable, to resist a development that cannot be impeded.||Nation, State, and Economy|| p. 119||Conservatism
|Ludwig von Mises||Every reactionary lacks intellectual independence.||Nation, State, and Economy|| p. 119||Conservatism
|Ludwig von Mises||A return to the Middle Ages is out of the question if one is not prepared to reduce the population to a tenth or a twentieth part of its present number and, even further, to oblige every individual to be satisfied with a modicum so small as to be beyond the imagination of modern man.||Liberalism|| p. 86||Conservatism
|Ludwig von Mises||What transformed the stagnant conditions of the good old days into the activism of capitalism was not changes in the natural sciences and in technology, but the adoption of the free enterprise principle.||The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science|| p. 122||Conservatism