Quote of the Day (or Century?)

This is from my friend Jarrett. But he didn’t come up with it either. It’s Ludwig von Mises back in 1944 from his book “Bureaucracy”.

“The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office. Every man but a subordinate clerk in a bureau. What an alluring utopia! What a noble cause to fight!

Against all this frenzy of agitation there is but one weapon available: reason. Just common sense is needed to prevent man from falling prey to illusory fantasies and empty catchwords.”

The resonance is palpable. Both words I’m not 100% sure of their meaning.

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2 Responses to Quote of the Day (or Century?)

  1. picantepants says:

    An old school verbal beat-down if ever there was one.

  2. Aaron says:

    That’s a 1944 BURN!

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