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Wars, foreign and domestic (revolutions, civil wars), are more likely to be avoided the closer the division of labor binds men. Critique of Interventionism, A p. 115 War and Peace
At the breakfast table of every citizen sits in wartime an invisible guest, as it were, a G.I. who shares the meal. In the citizens garage stays not only the family car but besides — invisibly — a tank or a plane. The important fact is that this G.I. needs more in food, clothing, and other things than he used to consume as a civilian and that military equipment wears out much quicker than civilian equipment. The costs of a modern war are enormous. Defense, Controls, and Inflation p. 331 War and Peace
All the materials needed for the conduct of a war must be provided by restriction of civilian consumption, by using up a part of the capital available and by working harder. The whole burden of warring falls upon the living generation. Human Action p. 228; p. 227 War and Peace
In the long run war and the preservation of the market economy are incompatible. Capitalism is essentially a scheme for peaceful nations. Human Action p. 824; p. 828 War and Peace
Interventionism generates economic nationalism, and economic nationalism generates bellicosity. If men and commodities are prevented from crossing the borderlines, why should not the armies try to pave the way for them? Human Action p. 828; p. 832 War and Peace
Men are fighting one another because they are convinced that the extermination and liquidation of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being. Human Action p. 175; p. 176 War and Peace
Modern war is merciless, it does not spare pregnant women or infants; it is indiscriminate killing and destroying. It does not respect the rights of neutrals. Millions are killed, enslaved, or expelled from the dwelling places in which their ancestors lived for centuries. Nobody can foretell what will happen in the next chapter of this endless struggle. This has little to do with the atomic bomb. The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful weapons. It is the spirit of conquest. It is probable that scientists will discover some methods of defense against the atomic bomb. But this will not alter things, it will merely prolong for a short time the process of the complete destruction of civilization. Human Action p. 828; p. 832 War and Peace
The emergence of the international division of labor requires the total abolition of war. Human Action p. 827; p. 831 War and Peace
The existence of the armaments industries is a consequence of the warlike spirit, not its cause. Human Action p. 297; p. 300 War and Peace
The market economy involves peaceful cooperation. It bursts asunder when the citizens turn into warriors and, instead of exchanging commodities and services, fight one another. Human Action p. 817; p. 821 War and Peace
The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war. The wars of our age are not at variance with popular economic doctrines; they are, on the contrary, the inescapable result of consistent application of these doctrines. Human Action p. 683; p. 687 War and Peace
The statement that one mans boon is the other mans damage is valid with regard to robbery, war, and booty. The robbers plunder is the damage of the despoiled victim. But war and commerce are two different things. Human Action p. 662; p. 666 War and Peace
To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war. Human Action p. 828; p. 832 War and Peace
Under laissez faire peaceful coexistence of a multitude of sovereign nations is possible. Under government control of business it is impossible. Human Action p. 820; p. 824 War and Peace
War is the alternative to freedom of foreign investment as realized by the international capital market. Human Action p. 499; p. 502 War and Peace
What has transformed the limited war between royal armies into total war, the clash between peoples, is not technicalities of military art, but the substitution of the welfare state for the laissez-faire state. Human Action p. 820; p. 824 War and Peace
What the incompatibility of war and capitalism really means is that war and high civilization are incompatible. Human Action p. 824; p. 828 War and Peace
Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved only under conditions of lasting peace. Liberalism p. 44 War and Peace
There is but one field of public administration in which the criterion of success or failure is unquestionable: the waging of war. But even here the only thing certain is whether the operation has been crowned with success. Liberalism p. 98 War and Peace
Victorious war is an evil even for the victor...peace is always better than war. Liberalism p. 24 War and Peace
Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business. Nation, State, and Economy p. 152 War and Peace
Full freedom of movement of persons and goods, the most comprehensive protection of the property and freedom of each individual, removal of all state compulsion in the school system, in short, the most exact and complete application of the ideas of 1789, are the prerequisites of peaceful conditions. Nation, State, and Economy p. 96 War and Peace
Not through war and victory but only through work can a nation create the preconditions for the well-being of its members. Conquering nations finally perish. Nation, State, and Economy p. 87 War and Peace
The essence of so-called war prosperity; it enriches some by what it takes from others. It is not rising wealth but a shifting of wealth and income. Nation, State, and Economy p. 158 War and Peace
The pacifistic line of argument goes too far if it simply denies that a people can gain by war. Nation, State, and Economy pp. 152-53 War and Peace
The way to eternal peace does not lead through strengthening state and central power, as socialism strives for. Nation, State, and Economy p. 96 War and Peace
War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods. Nation, State, and Economy p. 154 War and Peace
War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague brings. The earthquake means good business for construction workers, and cholera improves the business of physicians, pharmacists, and undertakers; but no one has for that reason yet sought to celebrate earthquakes and cholera as stimulators of the productive forces in the general interest. Nation, State, and Economy p. 154 War and Peace
War socialism was by no means complete socialism, but it was full and true socialization without exception if one had kept on the path that had been taken. Nation, State, and Economy p. 173 War and Peace
Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism. Nation, State, and Economy p. 77 War and Peace
But what is needed for a satisfactory solution of the burning problem of international relations is neither a new office with more committees, secretaries, commissioners, reports, and regulations, nor a new body of armed executioners, but the radical overthrow of mentalities and domestic policies which must result in conflict. Omnipotent Government p. 6 War and Peace
History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents. . . . A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets. Omnipotent Government pp. 67 War and Peace
If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace. Omnipotent Government p. 15 War and Peace
If you want to abolish war, you must eliminate its causes. What is needed is to restrict government activities to the preservation of life, health, and private property, and thereby to safeguard the working of the market. Sovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether citizen or foreigner. Omnipotent Government p. 138 War and Peace
Modern war is not a war of royal armies. It is a war of the peoples, a total war. It is a war of states which do not leave to their subjects any private sphere; they consider the whole population a part of the armed forces. Whoever does not fight must work for the support and equipment of the army. Army and people are one and the same. The citizens passionately participate in the war. For it is their state, their God, who fights. Omnipotent Government p. 104 War and Peace
The only means to lasting peace is to remove the root causes of war. Omnipotent Government p. 6 War and Peace
Within a world of free trade and democracy there are no incentives for war and conquest. Omnipotent Government p. 3 War and Peace
Only in the case of primitive peoples does war lead to the selection of the stronger and more gifted, and that among civilized peoples it leads to a deterioration of the race by unfavorable selection. Socialism p. 290 War and Peace
Ownership turns the fighting man into the economic man. Only the exclusion of private property can maintain the military character of the State. Only the warrior, who has no other occupation apart from war than preparation for war, is always ready for war. Men occupied in affairs may wage wars of defense but not long wars of conquest. Socialism pp. 220-21 War and Peace
Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things. Only economic action has created the wealth around us; labor, not the profession of arms, brings happiness. Peace builds, war destroys. Socialism p. 59 War and Peace
Only one thing can conquer war — that liberal attitude of mind which can see nothing in war but destruction and annihilation, and which can never wish to bring about a war, because it regards war as injurious even to the victors. Theory of Money and Credit, The p. 433 War and Peace