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Ludwig von Mises: "Big business depends entirely on the patronage of those who buy its products: the biggest enterprises loses its power and its influence when it loses its customers." - Economic Policy


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Ludwig von MisesThe social system of private property and limited government is the only system that tends to debarbarize all those who have the innate capacity to acquire personal culture.Liberty and Property p. 26Barbarism
Ludwig von MisesThe characteristic feature of capitalism that distinguishes it from pre-capitalist methods of production was its new principle of marketing. Capitalism is not simply mass production, but mass production to satisfy the needs of the masses.Liberty and Property p. 9Capitalism
Ludwig von MisesGo into the home of the average American family and you will see for whom the wheels of the machines are turning.Liberty and Property p. 22Consumer Sovereignty
Ludwig von MisesWhat vitiates entirely the socialists economic critique of capitalism is their failure to grasp the sovereignty of the consumers in the market economy.Liberty and Property p. 13Consumer Sovereignty
Ludwig von MisesGovernment is essentially the negation of liberty.Liberty and Property p. 19Government
Ludwig von MisesGovernment is not, as some people like to say, a necessary evil; it is not an evil, but a means, the only means available to make peaceful human coexistence possible. But it is the opposite of liberty. It is beating, imprisoning, hanging. Whatever a government does it is ultimately supported by the actions of armed constables. If the government operates a school or a hospital, the funds required are collected by taxes, i.e., by payments exacted from the citizens.Liberty and Property p. 19Government
Ludwig von MisesLenins ideal was to build a nations production effort according to the model of the post office.Liberty and Property p. 14Lenin
Ludwig von MisesLiberty is always freedom from the government.Liberty and Property p. 19Liberty
Ludwig von MisesIn the political field it is always the will of the majority that prevails, and the minorities must yield to it.Liberty and Property p. 12Majority Rule
Ludwig von MisesIn the political sphere, there is no means for an individual or a small group of individuals to disobey the will of the majority. But in the intellectual field private property makes rebellion possible.Liberty and Property p. 12Majority Rule
Ludwig von MisesThe market process is a daily repeated plebiscite, and it ejects inevitably from the ranks of profitable people those who do not employ their property according to the orders given by the public.Liberty and Property p. 10Market process
Ludwig von MisesThe liquidation of all dissenters is the condition that will bring us what the communists call freedom.Liberty and Property p. 15Robinson, Joan
Ludwig von MisesSociety is essentially the mutual exchange of services.Liberty and Property pp. 1819Society
Ludwig von MisesThe Welfare State with its methods of easy money, credit expansion and undisguised inflation continually takes bites out of all claims payable in units of the nations legal tender.Liberty and Property p. 25Welfare
Ludwig von MisesThe distinctive principle of Western social philosophy is individualism.Liberty and Property p. 25Western Civilization
Ludwig von MisesThe social system of private property and limited government is the only system that tends to debarbarize all those who have the innate capacity to acquire personal culture.Liberty and Property p. 26Western Civilization