Ludwig von Mises: "Only stilted pedants can conceive the idea that there are absolute norms to tell what is beautiful and what is not. They try to derive from the works of the past a code of rules with which, as they fancy, the writers and artists of the future should comply. But the genius does not cooperate with the pundit." - Theory and History
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|Ludwig von Mises||The conduct of military affairs is characterized by a stubborn hostility to every attempt toward improvement.||Bureaucracy|| p. 67||Military
|Ludwig von Mises||In proportion as armaments increased the sales of munitions plants, they reduced the sales of all other industries.||Omnipotent Government|| p. 133||Military
|Ludwig von Mises||For all nations the necessity of being ready for defense will mean a heavy burden. Not only economic but moral and political conditions will be affected. Militarism will supplant democracy; civil liberties will vanish wherever military discipline must be supreme.||Omnipotent Government|| p. 287||Military
|Ludwig von Mises||The characteristic feature of militarism is not the fact that a nation has a powerful army or navy. It is the paramount role assigned to the army within the political structure. Even in peacetime the army is supreme; it is the predominant factor in political life. The subjects must obey the government as soldiers must obey their superiors. Within a militarist community there is no freedom; there are only obedience and discipline.||Omnipotent Government|| p. 35||Military
|Ludwig von Mises||The armament industry created militarism and imperialism, however, just as little as, say, the distilleries created alcoholism or publishing houses trashy literature. The supply of weapons did not call forth the demand, but rather the other way around.||Nation, State, and Economy|| p. 155||Military Industrial Complex