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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 MisesGreat 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. 319nConservatism
Ludwig von MisesThe essence of an individuals freedom is the opportunity to deviate from traditional ways of thinking and of doing things.Theory and History p. 378Conservatism
Ludwig von MisesEvery 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. 119Conservatism
Ludwig von MisesEvery reactionary lacks intellectual independence.Nation, State, and Economy p. 119Conservatism
Ludwig von MisesA 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. 86Conservatism
Ludwig von MisesWhat 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. 122Conservatism