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There Can Be No Compromise

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12/12/2017

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Throughout his life, Mises was criticized — by allies and foes alike — for his unwillingness to compromise his principles. Unlike other great scholars like Milton Friedman or even F.A. Hayek, Mises refused to ever justify the schemes of government central planners, and rejected “second best” solutions that ceded power to those in the halls of Washington.

Why? Simple. He knew there could be no compromise between the market and the state.

In this essay, originally delivered as a speech in 1950, Mises eviscerates the arguments for allegedpragmatic compromise and explains how every state intervention in the economy is a step toward socialism. Without a doubt, this is one of the most important contributions Mises made to American political thought, and one that is as important now as ever before.

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