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Ludwig von Mises: "Big business depends entirely on the patronage of those who buy its products: the biggest enterprises loses its power and its influence when it loses its customers." - Economic Policy


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Ludwig von MisesThe conduct of military affairs is characterized by a stubborn hostility to every attempt toward improvement.Bureaucracy p. 67Military
Ludwig von MisesIn proportion as armaments increased the sales of munitions plants, they reduced the sales of all other industries.Omnipotent Government p. 133Military
Ludwig von MisesFor all nations the necessity of being ready for defense will mean a heavy burden. Not only economic but moral and political conditions will be affected. Militarism will supplant democracy; civil liberties will vanish wherever military discipline must be supreme.Omnipotent Government p. 287Military
Ludwig von MisesThe characteristic feature of militarism is not the fact that a nation has a powerful army or navy. It is the paramount role assigned to the army within the political structure. Even in peacetime the army is supreme; it is the predominant factor in political life. The subjects must obey the government as soldiers must obey their superiors. Within a militarist community there is no freedom; there are only obedience and discipline.Omnipotent Government p. 35Military
Ludwig von MisesThe 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 p. 155Military Industrial Complex