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Ludwig von Mises: "Under capitalism everybody is the architect of his own fortune." - Bureaucracy


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Ludwig von MisesOnly ideas can overcome ideas.Socialism p. 460Ideas
Ludwig von MisesWe must fight all that we dislike in public life. We must substitute better ideas for wrong ideas. Economic Policy p. 105Ideas
Ludwig von MisesBoth force and money are impotent against ideas.Omnipotent Government p. 210Ideas
Ludwig von MisesThe ideas that change the intellectual climate of a given environment are those unheard of before. For these new ideas there is no other explanation than that there was a man from whose mind they originated.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 91Ideas
Ludwig von MisesOne cannot organize or institutionalize the emergence of new ideas.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 129Ideas
Ludwig von MisesIn a battle between force and an idea, the latter always prevails.Liberalism p. 50Ideas
Ludwig von MisesGreat conflicts of ideas must be solved by straight and frank methods; they cannot be solved by artifices and makeshifts.Planning for Freedom p. 14Ideas
Ludwig von MisesThoughts and ideas are not phantoms. They are real things. Although intangible and immaterial, they are factors in bringing about changes in the realm of tangible and material things.Theory and History p. 96Ideas
Ludwig von MisesNo mass phenomenon can be adequately treated without analyzing the ideas implied. And no new ideas spring from the mythical mind of the masses.Theory and History p. 263Ideas
Ludwig von MisesIn the long run even the most despotic governments with all their brutality and cruelty are no match for ideas. Eventually the ideology that has won the support of the majority will prevail and cut the ground from under the tyrants feet. Then the oppressed many will rise in rebellion and overthrow their masters.Theory and History p. 372Ideas
Ludwig von MisesIdeas live longer than walls and other material artifacts.Theory and History p. 196Ideas
Ludwig von MisesNo one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result.Socialism pp. 468-69Ideas