Ludwig von Mises: "Despots and democratic majorities are drunk with power. They must reluctantly admit that they are subject to the laws of nature. But they reject the very notion of economic law . . . economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics." - Austrian Economics: An Anthology
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|Ludwig von Mises||The horrors of revolution and civil war can be avoided if a disliked government can be smoothly dislodged at the next election.||The Historical Setting of the Austrian School|| p. 35||Elections
|Ludwig von Mises||The greatness of the nineteenth century consisted in the fact that to some extent the ideas of Classical economics became the dominant philosophy of state and society.||The Historical Setting of the Austrian School|| p. 44||Laissez Faire
|Ludwig von Mises||The Enlightenment did not put its hopes upon the more or less accidental emergence of well-intentioned rulers and provident sages. Its optimism concerning mankinds future was founded upon the double faith in the goodness of man and in his rational mind.||The Historical Setting of the Austrian School|| p. 34||Reason
|Ludwig von Mises||Governments, political parties, pressure groups, and the bureaucrats of the educational hierarchy think they can avoid the inevitable consequences of unsuitable measures by boycotting and silencing the independent economists. But truth persists and works, even if nobody is left to utter it.||The Historical Setting of the Austrian School|| p. 45||Truth