Ludwig von Mises

A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on human action, wanting, needs, and economy

Action is an attempt to substitute a more satisfactory state of affairs for a less satisfactory one. We call such a willfully induced alteration an exchange.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Human Action: A Treatise on Economics (Scholars Edition), Pages: 97

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on mankind, life, ideas, and human action

The history of mankind is the history of ideas. For it is ideas, theories, and doctrines that guide human action, determine the ultimate ends men aim at, and the choice of the means employed for the attainment of these ends.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: PLANNED CHAOS

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on libertarianism and government

Thus, the isolated interference with one or a few prices of consumer goods always bring about effects--and this is important to realize--which are even less satisfactory than the conditions that prevailed before.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 45

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on libertarianism and government

These people talk of a "middle-of-the-road" policy. What they do not see is that the isolated interference, which means the interference with only one small part of the economic system, brings about a situation which the governement itself--and the people who are asking for government interference--find worse than the conditions they wish to abolish: the people who are asking for rent control are very angry when they discover there is a shortage of apartments and a shortage of housing.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 51

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on libertarianism, government, freedom, and serfdom

...this remedy is the power of the citizens; they have to prevent the establishment of such an autocratic regime that arrogates to itself a higher wisdom than that of the average citizen. This is the fundamental difference between freedom and serfdom.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 54

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on freedom

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The so-called liberals of today have the very popular idea that freedom of speech, of thought, of the press, freedom of religion, freedom from imprisonment without trial--that all these freedoms can be preserved in the absence of what is called economic freedom. They do not realize that, in a system where there is no market, where the government directs everything, all those other freedoms are illusory, even if they are made into laws and written up in constitutions.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 18

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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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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on freedom libertarianism

Freedom really means the freedom to make mistakes.

Ludwig von Mises

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

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on socialism, capitalism, and freedom

The socialist system, however, forbids this fundamental freedom to choose one's own career. Under socialist conditions, there is only one economic authority, and it has the right to determine all matters concerning production.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 28

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on socialism, capitalism, and freedom

The socialist system, however, forbids this fundamental freedom to choose one's own career. Under socialist conditions, there is only one economic authority, and it has the right to determine all matters concerning production.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow, Pages: 28

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