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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 MisesThere is no kind of freedom and liberty other than the kind which the market economy brings about. In a totalitarian hegemonic society the only freedom that is left to the individual, because it cannot be denied to him, is the freedom to commit suicide.Human Action p. 280; p. 283Free Market
Ludwig von MisesWhat gives to the individuals as much freedom as is compatible with life in society is the operation of the market economy. The constitutions and bills of rights do not create freedom.The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality pp. 99-100Free Market
Ludwig von MisesThe market is a democracy in which every penny gives a right to vote.Planned Chaos pp. 25-26Free Market
Ludwig von MisesThe market economy safeguards peaceful economic cooperation because it does not use force upon the economic plans of the citizens. If one masterplan is to be substituted for the plans of each citizen, endless fighting must emerge.Planned Chaos p. 30Free Market
Ludwig von MisesThe market economy is the social system of the division of labor under private ownership of the means of production. Everybody acts on his own behalf; but everybodys actions aim at the satisfaction of other peoples needs as well as at the satisfaction of his own. Everybody in acting serves his fellow citizens.Human Action p. 258; p. 257Free Market
Ludwig von MisesLiberty and freedom are the conditions of man within a contractual society.Human Action p. 280; p. 282Free Market
Ludwig von MisesThe market steers the capitalistic economy. It directs each individuals activities into those channels in which he best serves the wants of his fellow-men. The market alone puts the whole social system of private ownership of the means of production and free enterprise in order and provides it with sense and meaning.Planning for Freedom p. 72Free Market
Ludwig von MisesThe democracy of the market consists in the fact that people themselves make their choices and that no dictator has the power to force them to submit to his value judgments.Human Action p. 384; p. 387Free Market
Ludwig von MisesThe market economy was not devised by a master mind; it was not first planned as an utopian scheme and then put to work.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 109Free Market
Ludwig von MisesWithin the market society each serves all his fellow citizens and each is served by them. It is a system of mutual exchange of services and commodities, a mutual giving and receiving.Omnipotent Government p. 49Market
Ludwig von MisesThe fundamental law of the market is: the customer is always right.Economic Freedom and Interventionism p. 6Market
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