Poetry, above all!

martedì 30 settembre 2008

Quotes by Ludwig von Mises regarding peace…

Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is
peacemaking. Peace and not war is the father of all things.

History has witnessed the failure of many endeavors to impose peace
by war, cooperation by coercion, unanimity by slaughtering dissidents….

A lasting order cannot be established by bayonets.

The essence of so-called war prosperity; it enriches some by what it
takes from others.
It is not rising wealth but a shifting of wealth and
income.

Those who are asking for more government interference are asking
ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable.
The main
thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.

The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted
by bad governments.

Economically considered, war and revolution are always bad business.

War can really cause no economic boom, at least not directly, since an
increase in wealth never does result from destruction of goods.

Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.

The attainment of the economic aims of man presupposes peace.

War prosperity is like the prosperity that an earthquake or a plague
brings.

The root of the evil is not the construction of new, more dreadful
weapons. It is the spirit of conquest.

Modern society, based as it is on the division of labor, can be preserved
only under conditions of lasting peace.

Men are fighting…because they are convinced that the extermination
of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being.

The state can be and has often been in the course of history the main
source of mischief and disaster.

Wars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced
that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.

If men do not now succeed in abolishing war, civilization and mankind
are doomed.

War…is harmful, not only to the conquered but to the conqueror.

If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right
to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.

Wars of aggression are popular nowadays with those nations convinced
that only victory and conquest could improve their material well-being.

Only one thing can conquer war–that attitude of mind which can see
nothing in war but destruction and annihilation…

Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and
its influence most strictly.

Sovereignty must not be used for inflicting harm on anyone, whether
citizen or foreigner.

Ludwig von Mises
1881 - 1973

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