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The Free Market and its Enemies

Written by Subject: Motivation

The Free Market and its Enemies

A book of Quotes assembled by James R. Cook                   Page 3


“No Matter whether it is their intention or not, almost anything that the rich can legally do tends to help the poor.  The spending of the rich gives employment to the poor.  But the saving of the rich and their investment of these savings in the means of production, gives just as much employment, and in addition makes that employment constantly more productive and more highly paid, while it also constantly increases and cheapens the production of necessities and amenities for the masses.” Henry Hazlitt

“the State, by relieving idleness, improvidence, or misconduct from the punishment, and depriving abstinence and foresight of the reward, which have been provided for them by nature, may indeed destroy wealth, but most certainly will aggravate poverty.” Nassau Senior

“Socialism and interventionism.  Both have a common goal of subordinating the individual unconditionally to the state.” Ludwig Von Mises

“The government should practice social Darwinism; everyone else should practice charity.”  James Cook

“Central Planning, judicial activism and the nanny state all presume vastly more knowledge that any elite have ever possessed.”  Thomas Sowell

“With socialized medicine, the trick is not to die while waiting for treatment.”  James Cook

 “If capitalism worked as the socialists think an economic system ought to work, and provided a constant equality of living conditions for all, regardless of whether a man was able or not, resourceful or not, thrifty or not, if capitalism put no premium on resourcefulness and effort and no penalty on idleness or vice, it would produce only an equality of destitution.” Henry Hazlitt

Politicians, bureaucrats, editors, news commentators, ‘economists’ teachers,’ and other word artists who denounce private enterprise and praise socilis are their own worst enemies… these attackers are unwittingly destroying the sources of their livelihood.  They kill geese that lay golden eggs – and don’t know it!”

“Under capitalism the common man enjoys amenities which in ages gone by were unknown and therefore inaccessible even to the richest people”  Ludwig Von Mises  


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