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Socialism and democracy are irreconcilable. Critique of Interventionism, A p. 79 Socialism
The critics of the capitalistic order always seem to believe that the socialistic system of their dreams will do precisely what they think correct. Critique of Interventionism, A pp. 156-57 Socialism
In the bureaucratic machine of socialism the way toward promotion is not achievement but the favor of the superiors. Bureaucracy p. 100 Socialism
In the socialist commonwealth every economic change becomes an undertaking whose success can be neither appraised in advance nor later retrospectively determined. There is only groping in the dark. Socialism is the abolition of rational economy. Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth p. 26 Socialism
One may anticipate the nature of the future socialist society. There will be hundreds and thousands of factories in operation. Very few of these will be producing wares ready for use; in the majority of cases what will be manufactured will be unfinished goods and production goods. (1920) Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth pp. 22-23 Socialism
There are many socialists who have never come to grips in any way with the problems of economics, and who have made no attempt at all to form for themselves any clear conception of the conditions which determine the character of human society. Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth p. 1 Socialism
A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings. Human Action p. 676; p. 680 Socialism
Economics deals merely with the socialist plans, not with the psychological factors that impel people to espouse the religion of statolatry. Human Action p. 689; p. 693 Socialism
Every socialist is a disguised dictator. Human Action p. 689; p. 693 Socialism
In abolishing economic calculation the general adoption of socialism would result in complete chaos and the disintegration of social cooperation under the division of labor. Human Action p. 857; p. 861 Socialism
Men must choose between the market economy and socialism. They cannot evade deciding between these alternatives by adopting a middle-of-the-road position, whatever name they may give to it. Human Action p. 857; p. 861 Socialism
Socialism is unrealizable as an economic system because a socialist society would not have any possibility of resorting to economic calculation. This is why it cannot be considered as a system of society's economic organization. It is a means to disintegrate social cooperation and to bring about poverty and chaos. Money, Method, and the Market Process p. 310 Socialism
The socialists of Eastern Germany, the self-styled German Democratic Republic, spectacularly admitted the bankruptcy of the Marxian dreams when they built a wall to prevent their comrades from fleeing into the non-socialist part of Germany. Money, Method, and the Market Process p. 231 Socialism
Not mythical material productive forces, but reason and ideas determine the course of human affairs. What is needed to stop the trend toward socialism and despotism is common-sense and moral courage. Planned Chaos p. 90 Socialism
Under socialism production is entirely directed by the orders of the central board of production management. The whole nation is an industrial army . . . and each citizen is bound to obey his superiors orders. Planning for Freedom p. 72 Socialism
Everything brought forward in favor of Socialism during the last hundred years, in thousands of writings and speeches, all the blood which has been spilt by the supporters of Socialism, cannot make socialism workable. Socialism p. 117 Socialism
No censor, no emperor, no pope, has ever possessed the power to suppress intellectual freedom which would be possessed by a socialist community. Socialism p. 169 Socialism
No one shall be idle if I have to work; no one shall be rich if I am poor. Thus we see, again and again, that resentment lies behind all socialist ideas. Socialism p. 394 Socialism
Socialism is the renunciation of rational economy. Socialism p. 105 Socialism
Socialism knows no freedom of choice in occupation. Everyone has to do what he is told to do and to go where he is sent. Socialism p. 165 Socialism
Socialism promises not only welfare — wealth for all — but universal happiness in love as well. This part of its program has been the source of much of its popularity. Socialism p. 74 Socialism
Socialism... is not the pioneer of a better and finer world, but the spoiler of what thousands of years of civilization have created. It does not build; it destroys. For destruction is the essence of it. It produces nothing, it only consumes what the social order based on private ownership in the means of production has created. Socialism p. 414 Socialism
Socialist society is a society of officials. The way of living prevailing in it, and the mode of thinking of its members, are determined by this fact. Socialism p. 165 Socialism
That Socialism would be immediately practicable if an omnipotent and omniscient Deity were personally to descend to take in hand the government of human affairs is incontestable. Socialism p. 183 Socialism
The impracticability of Socialism is the result of intellectual, not moral, incapacity. . . . Even angels, if they were endowed only with human reason, could not form a socialistic community. Socialism p. 407 Socialism
The nationalization of intellectual life, which must be attempted under Socialism, must make all intellectual progress impossible. Socialism p. 167 Socialism