Ludwig von Mises Archives

The Economics of the Middle-of-the-Road Policy

Ludwig von Mises Archives
Ludwig von Mises

Private enterprise systems improve human cooperation and further peace and prosperity. Economic systems with which governments intervene are called liberal, or middle of the road economics. They declare they are not socialist. They say they wish to preserve market systems. But, is that possible? No. Nothing will be left of the free market. Capitalism and socialism cannot coexist. Step by step, interventionism erodes capitalism into some form of socialism. The clear distinction between production and government must be reestablished and left untouched.

The inaugural lecture in the American School of Economics lecture series. Presented at New York University on 25 April 1962.

Special thanks to Richard Ebeling for making the original reel-to-reel recording available.