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 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