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The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality (1956)

Ludwig von Mises


A free press can exist only where there is private control on the means of production.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 55Freedom of the Press
All that Lenin learned about business from the tales of his comrades who occasionally sat in business offices was that it required a lot of scribbling, recording, and ciphering. Thus, he declares that accounting and control are the chief things necessary for the organizing and correct functioning of society. . . . Here we have the philosophy of the filing clerk in its full glory.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalitypp. 24-25Lenin, Vladimir
Although it would be mere pedantry not to appreciate the peculiar grandeur of such sights as the New York skyline, it can be admitted that modern architecture has not attained the distinction of that of past centuries.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 78Architecture
American authors or scientists are prone to consider the wealthy businessman as a barbarian, as a man exclusively intent upon making money.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 20Intellectuals
As human nature is, everybody is prone to overrate his own worth and deserts.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 13Human Frailty
Big business always serves — directly or indirectly — the masses.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 2Big Business
Capital is not a free gift of God or of nature. It is the outcome of a provident restriction of consumption on the part of man. It is created and increased by saving and maintained by the abstention from dissaving.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 84Savings
Capitalism and socialism are two distinct patterns of social organization. Private control of the means of production and public control are contradictory notions and not merely contrary notions. There is no such thing as a mixed economy, a system that would stand midway between capitalism and socialism.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalitypp. 64-65Capitalism vs. Socialism
Capitalism is essentially a system of mass production for the satisfaction of the needs of the masses. It pours a horn of plenty upon the common man. It has raised the average standard of living to a height never dreamed of in earlier ages. It has made accessible to millions of people enjoyments which a few generations ago were only within the reach of a small elite.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 49Capitalism
Daydreams of a fair world which would treat him according to his real worth are the refuge of all those plagued by a lack of self-knowledge.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentalityp. 15Fairness
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