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Ludwig von Mises

Dátum narodenia: 29. september 1881
Dátum úmrtia: 10. október 1973

Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises, zväčša len Ludwig von Mises bol dôležitý rakúsky ekonóm s významným vplyvom na moderné libertariánske smery. Je považovaný za jednu z kľúčových osobností rakúskej ekonomickej školy. Bol výrazným zástancom libertarianizmu.

„Inovátori a kreatívni géniovia nikdy nebudú vychovaní na školách. Pretože sú to presne tí ľudia, ktorí odmietajú to, co ich na škole naučili.“

„Mnoho samoukov často predstihne doktorov, profesorov či bakalárov z najrenomovanejších univerzít.“

„Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.“

„All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.“ Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis

„Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders; no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping toward destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interest of everyone hangs on the result. Whether he chooses or not, every man is drawn into the great historical struggle, the decisive battle into which our epoch has plunged us.“

„He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.“ Bureaucracy

„Once the principle is admitted that it is the duty of the government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments.“

„The Marxians love of democratic institutions was a stratagem only, a pious fraud for the deception of the masses. Within a socialist community there is no room left for freedom.“

„If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization“

„Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the richest people. But, of course, these motorcars, television sets and refrigerators do not make a man happy. In the instant in which he acquires them, he may feel happier than he did before. But as soon as some of his wishes are satisfied, new wishes spring up. Such is human nature.“ The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality

„The masses do not like those who surpass them in any regard. The average man envies and hates those who are different.“ The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science

„He who only wishes and hopes does not interfere actively with the course of events and with the shaping of his own destiny.“ Human Action: A Treatise on Economics

„The alcoholic and the drug addict harm only themselves by their behavior; the person who violates the rules of morality governing mans life in society harms not only himself, but everyone.“ Liberalism

„Because in [Lenin's] eyes the workers
were only workers and not also customers, he believed they were already slaves under capitalism, and that one did not change their status
when nationalizing all plants and shops.
Socialism substitutes the sovereignty of a dictator, or committee of dictators, for the sovereignty of the consumers. Along with the economic sovereignty of the citizens disappears also their political sovereignty. To the unique production plan that annuls any planning on the part of the consumers corresponds in the constitutional sphere the one party principle that deprives the citizens of any opportunity to plan the course of public affairs. Freedom is indivisible. He who has not the faculty to choose among various brands of canned food or soap, is also deprived of the power to
choose between various political parties and programs and to elect the officeholders. He is no longer a man; he becomes a pawn in the hands of the supreme social engineer. Even his freedom to rear progeny will be taken
away by eugenics.“

„Most of us have no sympathy with the rich idler who spends his life in pleasure without ever doing any work. But even he fulfills a function in the life of the social organism. He sets an example of luxury that awakens in the multitude a consciousness of new needs and gives industry the incentive to fulfill them.“ Liberalism

„All people, however fanatical they may be in their zeal to disparage and to fight capitalism, implicitly pay homage to it by passionately clamoring for the products it turns out“

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