A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on capitalism, communism, freedom, government, morality, and libertarianism

If you give the government the right to determine the consumption of the human body, to determine whether one should smoke or not smoke, drink or not drink, there is no good reply you can give to people who say, "More important than the body is the mind and the soul, and man hurts himself much more by reading bad books, by listening to bad music and looking at bad movies. Therefore it is the duty of the government to prevent people from committing those faults.

And, as you know, for many hundreds of years governments and authorities velieved that it was their duty.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 22

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