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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]