Mises: The purpose of democracy

“Persons and systems in the government of non-democratic states can be changed by violence alone. The system and the individuals that have lost the support of the people are swept away in the upheaval and a new system and other individuals take their place. But any violent revolution costs blood and money. Lives are sacrificed, … Continue reading Mises: The purpose of democracy

Mises about Redistribution

"Our whole civilization rests on the fact that men have always succeeded in beating off the attack of the re-distributors."Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis "Unsere ganze Zivilisation beruht auf der Tatsache, dass es den Menschen immer gelungen ist, den Angriff der Umverteiler abzuwehren."Ludwig von Mises, Die Gemeinwirtschaft – Untersuchungen über den Sozialismus (1922) … Continue reading Mises about Redistribution

Mises: The relation between nationalism and socialism (or “the right” vs. “the left”)

“The nationalist, too, affirms Socialism, and objects only to its Internationalism. He wishes to combine Socialism with the ideas of Imperialism and the struggle against foreign nations. He is a national, not an international socialist; but he, also, approves of the essential principles of Socialism.”Ludwig von Mises, Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis “Auch der Nationalismus … Continue reading Mises: The relation between nationalism and socialism (or “the right” vs. “the left”)

Mises: The welfare state and socialisms goals

“No longer should individuals by their buying or abstention from buying determine what is to be produced and in what quantity and quality. Henceforth the government’s unique plan alone should settle all these matters. ‘Paternal’ care of the ‘Welfare State’ will reduce all people to the status of bonded workers bound to comply, without asking … Continue reading Mises: The welfare state and socialisms goals

Revolutions and Two-Face

“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” “Entweder man stirbt als Held oder man lebt solange, bis man selbst der Schurke ist.“Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight - Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight I particularly like this quote because it is absolutely true. If you look at … Continue reading Revolutions and Two-Face

Ayn Rand about Americas success

“America’s abundance was not created by public sacrifices to “the common good,” but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper … Continue reading Ayn Rand about Americas success