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Ludwig von MisesIf one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.Planning for Freedom p. 44Laissez Faire
Ludwig von MisesLaissez faire does not mean: let soulless mechanical forces operate. It means: let individuals choose how they want to cooperate in the social division of labor and let them determine what the entrepreneurs should produce.Planning for Freedom p. 45Laissez Faire
Ludwig von MisesLaissez faire means: Let the common man choose and act; do not force him to yield to a dictator.Human Action p. 727; p. 732Laissez Faire
Ludwig von MisesLaissez faire, laissez passer does not mean: let the evils last. On the contrary, it means: do not interfere with the operation of the market because such interference must necessarily restrict output and make people poorer.Omnipotent Government p. xLaissez Faire
Ludwig von MisesWhat transformed the world of horse-drawn carriages, sailing ships, and windmills step by step into a world of airplanes and electronics was the laissez-faire principle.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 127Laissez Faire
Ludwig von MisesThe 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. 44Laissez Faire