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Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis (1951)

Ludwig von Mises


Abstract thought is independent of the wishes which move the thinker and of the aims for which he strives.Socialismp. 317Reason
All almsgiving inevitably tends to pauperize the recipient.Socialismp. 422Welfare
All attempts to coerce the living will of human beings into the service of something they do not want must fail.Socialismp. 263Coercion
All economic activity is based upon an uncertain future. It is therefore bound up with risk. It is essentially speculation.Socialismp. 181Risk
All human action, so far as it is rational, appears as the exchange of one condition for another... This is the essence of economic activity--the carrying out of acts of exchange.Socialismp. 97Exchange
All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.Socialismp. 97Action
An eternal capital investment is as non-existent as a secure one. Every capital investment is speculative; its success cannot be foreseen with absolute assurance.Socialismp. 339Wealth
Aprs nous le deluge (After us, the deluge) is an old maxim of government.Socialismp. 179State
As the idea of contract enters the Law of Marriage, it breaks the rule of the male, and makes the wife a partner with equal rights. From a one-sided relationship resting on force, marriage thus becomes a mutual agreement.Socialismp. 82Marriage
By weakening or completely destroying the will to be well and able to work, social insurance creates illness and inability to work; it produces the habit of complaining... it is an institution which tends to encourage disease, not to say accidents, and to intensify considerably the physical and psychic results of accidents and illnesses. As a social institution it makes a people sick bodily and mentally or at least helps to multiply, lengthen, and intensify disease.Socialismp. 432Social Security
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