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Liberty & Property (1958)

Ludwig von Mises


Go into the home of the average American family and you will see for whom the wheels of the machines are turning.Liberty & Propertyp. 22Consumer Sovereignty
Government is essentially the negation of liberty.Liberty & Propertyp. 19Government
Government is not, as some people like to say, a necessary evil; it is not an evil, but a means, the only means available to make peaceful human coexistence possible. But it is the opposite of liberty. It is beating, imprisoning, hanging. Whatever a government does it is ultimately supported by the actions of armed constables. If the government operates a school or a hospital, the funds required are collected by taxes, i.e., by payments exacted from the citizens.Liberty & Propertyp. 19Government
In the political field it is always the will of the majority that prevails, and the minorities must yield to it.Liberty & Propertyp. 12Majority Rule
In the political sphere, there is no means for an individual or a small group of individuals to disobey the will of the majority. But in the intellectual field private property makes rebellion possible.Liberty & Propertyp. 12Majority Rule
Lenin's ideal was to build a nations production effort according to the model of the post office.Liberty & Propertyp. 14Lenin, Vladimir
Liberty is always freedom from the government.Liberty & Propertyp. 19Liberty
Society is essentially the mutual exchange of services.Liberty & Propertypp. 18-19Society
The Welfare State with its methods of easy money, credit expansion and undisguised inflation continually takes bites out of all claims payable in units of the nations legal tender.Liberty & Propertyp. 25Welfare
The characteristic feature of capitalism that distinguishes it from pre-capitalist methods of production was its new principle of marketing. Capitalism is not simply mass production, but mass production to satisfy the needs of the masses.Liberty & Propertyp. 9Capitalism
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