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The Free Market and its Enemies

Written by Subject: Economy - Economics USA
The Free Market and its Enemies
A book of Quotes assembled by James R. Cook        Page 7
“When the government tries to make people more equal, it makes them more unequal.”  James Cook
“The first lesson which we meet again and again in history, is that once the dole or similar relief program are introduced, they seem almost inevitably – unless surrounded by rigid restrictions – to get out of hand.  The second lesson is that one this happens the poor become more numerous and worse off then they were before, not only because the have lost self reliance, but because the sources of wealth and production on which they depend for either their doles or jobs are diminished or destroyed.”  Henry Hazlitt
“What ‘eminent domain’ laws mean in practice is that politicians have a right to seize your property and turn it over to someone else, in order to gain campaign contributions and win votes.”  Thomas Sowell
“There prevails on free labor market a tendency toward full employment.”  Ludwig Von Mises
“The ability of the market to serve society has been and is continually being undermined by the attacks leveled by ideological opponents.”  Israel M. Kirzner
“To the grumbler who complains about the unfairness of the market system only one piece of advice can be given: If you want to acquire wealth, then satisfy the public by offering them something that is cheaper or which they like better.” Ludwig Von Mises
“Once the premise is accepted that poverty is never the fault of the poor but the fault of ‘society’, or of ‘the capitalist system’, then there is no definable limit to be set on relief, and the politicians who want to be elected or reelected will compete with each other in proposing new ‘welfare’ programs to fill some hitherto ‘unmet need.’” Henry Hazlitt
“The same government that requires a taxpaying citizen to document every statement on his tax return decrees that questioning a welfare applicant demeans and humiliates him.” Ronald Regan
“The issue is always the same: the government of the market.  There is no third solution.” Ludwig Von Mises

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