Liberty Quotation: Ludwig von Mises on Society and Peacemaking

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Mises“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.  Only economic action has created the wealth around us; labor, not the profession of arms, brings happiness.  Peace builds; war destroys.  Nations are fundamentally peaceful because they recognize the predominant utility of peace.  They accept war only in self-defense; wars of aggression they do not desire.  It is the princes who want war, because thus they hope to get money, goods, and power.  It is the business of the nations to prevent them from achieving their desire by denying them the means necessary for making war.”

Ludwig von Mises, Socialism [English ed. 1951]

Liberty Quotation: John Stuart Mill on War and the Things Worth Fighting For

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John Stuart Mill“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. . . . The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

John Stuart Mill, Principles of Political Economy  [1848]

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Ludwig von Mises on Peace and Statism

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Mises“Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.”

Ludwig von Mises, Nation, State, and Economy [1919]

Liberty Quotation of the Day: G.K. Chesterton on Patriotism and Dissent

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GK Chesterton“A man who says that no patriot should attack the Boer War until it is over is not worth answering intelligently; he is saying that no good son should warn his mother off a cliff until she has fallen over it.”

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy [1908]