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Ludwig von Mises: "In relation to the immense sacrifices that the state demands of the individual through the blood tax, it seems rather incidental whether it compensates the soldier more or less abundantly for the loss of time that he suffers from his military-service obligation." - Nation, State, and Economy


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Ludwig von MisesThe factory owners did not have the power to compel anybody to take a factory job. They could only hire people who were ready to work for the wages offered to them…. Their only refuge was the factory. It saved them, in the strict sense of the term, from death by starvation.Human Action p. 615; pp. 619-20Industrial Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe outstanding fact about the Industrial Revolution is that it opened an age of mass production for the needs of the masses. .Human Action p. 616; p. 621Industrial Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe market economy itself was not a product of violent actionof revolutionsbut of a series of gradual peaceful changes. The implications of the term industrial revolution are utterly misleading.The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science p. 109Industrial Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe citizen must not be so narrowly circumscribed in his activities that, if he thinks differently from those in power, his only choice is either to perish or to destroy the machinery of state.Liberalism p. 59Revolution
Ludwig von MisesNo physical violence and compulsion can possibly force a man against his will to remain in the status of the ward of a hegemonic order. What violence or the threat of violence brings about is a state of affairs in which subjection as a rule is considered more desirable than rebellion. Faced with the choice between the consequences of obedience and of disobedience, the ward prefers the former and thus integrates himself into the hegemonic bond. Every new command places this choice before him again. In yielding again and again he himself contributes his share to the continuous existence of the hegemonic societal body.Human Action p. 197; p. 196Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe majority has the power to do away with an unpopular government and uses this power whenever it becomes convinced that its own welfare requires it. In the long run there is no such thing as an unpopular government. Civil war and revolution are the means by which the discontented majorities overthrow rulers and methods of government which do not suit them.Human Action pp. 149-150; pp. 149150Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThough a tyrant may temporarily rule through a minority if this minority is armed and the majority is not, in the long run a minority cannot keep the majority in subservience. The oppressed will rise in rebellion and cast off the yoke of tyranny.Human Action p. 189; p. 189Revolution
Ludwig von MisesViolent resistance against the power of the state is the last resort of the minority in its effort to break loose from the oppression of the majority. The minority that desires to see its ideas triumph must strive by intellectual means to become the majority.Liberalism p. 59Revolution
Ludwig von MisesThe real significance of the Lenin revolution is to be seen in the fact that it was the bursting forth of the principle of unrestricted violence and oppression. It was the negation of all the political ideals that had for three thousand years guided the evolution of Western civilization.Planned Chaos p. 63Russian Revolution