Ludwig von Mises B. 1881 – D. 1973

Ludwig von Mises B. 1881 – D. 1973

Bio: Ludwig Heinrich Edler von Mises was an Austrian School economist, historian, and sociologist. Mises wrote and lectured extensively on the societal contributions of classical liberalism. He is best known for his work on praxeology, a study of human choice and action. He published a total of 98 books. Wikipedia

Ludwig von Mises Quotes:

“Many who are self-taught far excel the doctors, masters, and bachelors of the most renowned universities.” – Ludwig von Mises

“He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.” – Ludwig von Mises

“If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilization” – Ludwig von Mises

“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.” – Ludwig Von Mises

“The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.” – Ludwig von Mises

“Every socialist is a disguised dictator.” – Ludwig von Mises

“Socialism is an alternative to capitalism as potassium cyanide is an alternative to water.” – Ludwig von Mises

“Praxeology is a theoretical and systematic, not a historical, science. Its scope is human action as such, irrespective of all environmental, accidental, and individual circumstances of the concrete acts. Its cognition is purely formal and general without reference to the material content and the particular features of the actual case. It aims at knowledge valid for all instances in which the conditions exactly correspond to those implied in its assumptions and inferences. Its statements and propositions are not derived from experience. They are, like those of logic and mathematics, a priori. They are not subject to verification or falsification on the ground of experience and facts.” – Ludwig von Mises

“The worst thing that can happen to a socialist is to have his country ruled by socialists who are not his friends.” – Ludwig von Mises

“If one rejects laissez faire on account of man’s fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action.” – Ludwig von Mises

“It has been necessary to dwell upon these truisms because the mythologies and metaphysics of etatism [“etatism” or “statolatry”] have succeeded in wrapping them in mystery. The state is a human institution, not a superhuman being. He who says “state” means coercion and compulsion. He who says: There should be a law concerning this matter, means: The armed men of the government should force people to do what they do not want to do, or not to do what they like. He who says: This law should be better enforced, means: The police should force people to obey this law. He who says: The state is God, deifies arms and prisons. The worship of the state is the worship of force. There is no more dangerous menace to civilization than a government of incompetent, corrupt, or vile men. The worst evils which mankind ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments. The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main source of mischief and disaster.” – Ludwig von Mises

An aside:

Von Mises as a libertarian economist. In spite of his incredible wisdom and invaluable critiques of Socialism, he was anti-Christian.

Christian analyzes of Von Mises:

Gary North and Christian Economics https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/gary-north-and-christian-economics

Connections Between the Austrian School of Economics and Christian Faith A Personalist Approach by Paul A. Cleveland https://www.independent.org/publications/article.asp?id=1596

Why Libertarians Need God by Jay Wesley Richards https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2014/03/libertarians-and-religion.html

Did Mises Become A Christian? By Roger McKinney Did Mises Become A Christian?

 

“The careers of men who pioneer fringe ideas are testimonies to hope that flies in the face of politically correct reality. Consider Rushdoony, Mises, and Rothbard. In terms of the number of books per title sold, the size of the mailing lists compiled, the votes in Congress recorded, and similar documentable artifacts suitable for inclusion in a Ph.D. dissertation on social history, all three were on the sidelines of history. But, in the long run, when bad ideas are implemented by civil governments in terms of the statist casuistry of the Powers That Be, societies begin to shift off-center in reaction, and move in new directions toward the periphery. Men who spent their careers marshaling logic and footnotes on the sidelines of respectable culture are seen in retrospect as the pioneers.

 

We can only guess in advance about who these retroactively successful pioneers will turn out to be, but we do know this: their intellectual opponents are strategically short-sighted in ignoring them during their lifetimes, and their followers are not content to roll over and play dead at the suggestion of a self-tenured establishment. The center does not hold. Those who stake their reputations and their careers on the preservation of the center eventually get left behind.” – Gary North

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