A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on capitalism and population

You know that the population is of this planet is now ten times greater than it was in the ages preceding capitalism.; you know that all men today enjoy a higher standard of living than your ancestors did before the age of capitalism. But how do you know that you are the one out of ten who would have lived in the absence of capitalism? The mere fact that you are living today is proof that capitalism has succeeded, whether or not you consider your own life very valuable.    

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 5..6

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