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Ludwig von Mises: "If one wants to study the reasons for Europes backwardness, it would be necessary to examine the manifold laws and regulations that prevented in Europe the establishment of an equivalent of the American drug store and crippled the evolution of chain stores, department stores, super markets and kindred outfits." - Planning for Freedom


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Ludwig von MisesThe monopoly problem mankind has to face today is not an outgrowth of the operation of the market economy. It is a product of purposive action on the part of governments. It is not one of the evils inherent in capitalism as the demagogues trumpet. .Human Action p. 363; p. 366Monopolies
Ludwig von MisesThe widespread view that the monopolist can fix prices at will, thatin common phrasehe can dictate prices, is as erroneous as the conclusion, derived from this view, that he has in his hands the power to do whatever he likes.Socialism p. 344Monopolies
Ludwig von MisesMost cartels and trusts would never have been set up had not the governments created the necessary conditions by protectionist measures.Socialism p. 349Monopolies