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Ludwig von Mises: ". The use of money in a market economy is a praxeologically necessary fact. That gold, and not something else, is used as money is merely a historical fact and as such cannot be conceived by catallactics." - Human Action


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Ludwig von MisesExclusively preoccupied with wage rates and pensions, the unions boast of their Pyrrhic victories. The union members are not conscious of the fact that their fate is tied up with the flowering of their employers enterprises.Planning for Freedom p. 91Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe labor unions are deadly foes of every new machine.Human Action p. 269; p. 269Unions
Ludwig von MisesThey and their members and officials have acquired the power and the right to commit wrongs to person and property, to deprive individuals of the means of earning a livelihood, and to commit many other acts which no one can do with impunity.Planning for Freedom p. 191Unions
Ludwig von MisesAs people think that they owe to unionism their high standard of living, they condone violence, coercion, and intimidation on the part of unionized labor and are indifferent to the curtailment of personal freedom inherent in the union-shop and closed-shop clauses.Planning for Freedom p. 153Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe labor unions aim at a monopolistic position on the labor market. But once they have attained it, their policies are restrictive and not monopoly price policies. They are intent upon restricting the supply of labor in their field without bothering about the fate of those excluded.Human Action p. 374; p. 377Unions
Ludwig von MisesNo social cooperation under the division of labor is possible when some people or unions of people are granted the right to prevent by violence and the threat of violence other people from working.Planned Chaos p. 27Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe labor unions of the Anglo-Saxon countries favored participation in the Great War in order to eliminate the last remnants of the liberal doctrine of free movement and migration of labor.A Critique of Interventionism p. 123Unions
Ludwig von MisesNo one has ever succeeded in the effort to demonstrate that unionism could improve the conditions and raise the standard of living of all those eager to earn wages.Human Action pp. 764-65; pp. 77071Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe issue is not the right to form associations. It is whether or not any association of private citizens should be granted the privilege of resorting with impunity to violent action. It is the same problem that relates to the activities of the Ku Klux Klan.Human Action p. 773; p. 779Unions
Ludwig von MisesStrikes, sabotage, violent action and terrorism of every kind are not economic means. They are destructive means, designed to interrupt the movement of economic life. They are weapons of war which must inevitably lead to the destruction of society.Socialism p. 307Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe cornerstone of trade unionism is compulsory membership.Socialism p. 435Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe weapon of the trade union is the strike. It must be borne in mind that every strike is an act of coercion, a form of extortion, a measure of violence directed against all who might act in opposition to the strikers intentions.Socialism p. 435Unions
Ludwig von MisesThe policy of strike, violence, and sabotage can claim no merit whatever for any improvement in the workers position.Socialism p. 437Unions