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Ludwig von Mises: "It is a sickly weakness of nerves that urges one to seek harmonious personality growth in past ages and remote places." - A Critique of Interventionism


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Ludwig von MisesThe essence of Marxian philosophy is this: We are right because we are the spokesmen of the rising proletarian class. Discursive reasoning cannot invalidate our teachings, for they are inspired by the supreme power that determines the destiny of mankind. Our adversaries are wrong because they lack the intuition that guides our minds.Human Action p. 84; p. 83Marxism
Ludwig von MisesThe Marxian dogma according to which socialism is bound to come with the inexorability of a law of nature is just an arbitrary surmise devoid of any proof.Planning for Freedom p. 33Marxism
Ludwig von MisesMarxs economic teachings are essentially a garbled rehash of the theories of Adam Smith and, first of all, of Ricardo.Theory and History pp. 12425Marxism
Ludwig von MisesFor Marx and his parties, the interests of the individual classes are irreconcilably opposed to each other. Each class knows precisely what his class interests are and how to realize them. Therefore, there can only be warfare.A Critique of Interventionism p. 118Marxism
Ludwig von MisesEven the most orthodox Marxians are not bold enough to support seriously its essential thesis, namely, that capitalism results in a progressive impoverishment of the wage earners.Human Action p. 691; p. 694Marxism
Ludwig von MisesAll the sophisticated syllogisms of the ponderous volumes published by Marx, Engels, and hundreds of Marxian authors cannot conceal the fact that the only and ultimate source of Marx's prophecy is an alleged inspiration by virtue of which Marx claims to have guessed the plans of the mysterious powers determining the course of history. Like Hegel, Marx was a prophet communicating to the people the revelation that an inner voice had imparted to him.Human Action p. 691; p. 695Marxism
Ludwig von MisesThe incomparable success of Marxism is due to the prospect it offers of fulfilling those dream-aspirations and dreams of vengeance which have been so deeply imbedded in the human soul from time immemorial. It promises a Paradise on earth, a Land of Hearts Desire full of happiness and enjoyment, and — sweeter still to the losers in life's game — humiliation of all who are stronger and better than the multitude. Logic and reasoning, which might show the absurdity of such dreams of bliss and revenge, are to be thrust aside.… It is against Logic, against Science and against the activity of thought itself.Socialism p. 7Marxism
Ludwig von MisesMarx and Engels never tried to refute their opponents with argument. They insulted, ridiculed, derided, slandered, and traduced them, and in the use of these methods their followers are not less expert. Their polemic is directed never against the argument of the opponent, but always against his person.Socialism p. 19Marxism
Ludwig von MisesThey have no greater perception of the essentials of economic life than the errand boy, whose only idea of the work of the entrepreneur is that he covers pieces of paper with letters and figures.Socialism p. 189Marxism
Ludwig von MisesIn its most fundamental contentions Marxism has never risen above the level of a doctrine for the soap box orator.Socialism p. 305Marxism
Ludwig von MisesWithin Marxism there is no place for free thought.Socialism p. 319Marxism
Ludwig von MisesThe Marxians love of democratic institutions was a stratagem only, a pious fraud for the deception of the masses. Within a socialist community there is no room left for freedom.Omnipotent Government pp. 5152Marxism
Ludwig von MisesIn the eyes of the Marxians, Ricardo, Freud, Bergson, and Einstein are wrong because they are bourgeois; in the eyes of the Nazis they are wrong because they are Jews.Omnipotent Government p. 145Marxism
Ludwig von MisesThe Bolshevists persistently tell us that religion is opium for the people. Marxism is indeed opium for those who might take to thinking and must therefore be weaned from it. Socialismp. 7Marxism