"The struggle for freedom ... is not the struggle of the many against the few, but of minorities -- sometimes of a minority of but one man -- against the majority."
Ludwig von Mises
(1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher
Theory and History: An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution (Auburn, Ala.: The Ludwig Von Mises Institute, 1985) Pp. 66-67
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Wrong, wrong, wrong! I guess this guy nevre heard of Ceasecu, Saddam Hussein et al. The freedom of dictators and the enslavement of masses in non democratic societies is legend. Also capitalist can and do serve the same purpose, raping the environment and the masses in turn.
 -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler again with his freedom hating quotes and prefers tyranny of the majority and subjugation of individual freedom. Mises was brilliant in both economic analysis and his analysis of human nature.
     -- J Allen, Arlington, Va     
    Waffler, your comment is gibberish and I'm being kind. Carl Marx would be proud of you.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    This quote is a reference to why Democracy is a joke, Democracy is the interests of the many against the few. Ergo, the few are not represented. And Waffler you really should stop drinking so early in the day.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Waffler WHAT ? ? ? Were you taught in off topic rhetoric while working as a revenuer for the thieving statist theocracy or, did you just perfect in all on your own. WHAT ? ? ? Democracies were the most detested form of government by the U.S. founders and while instituting a constitutional limiting representative republic the founders hoped to protect themselves and their posterity from democracy's historically proven tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Anyone who watched the Blair House Health Care Summit a few years ago, and who saw Paul Ryan lucidly and respectfully enumerate why Obamacare would be yet another unaffordable entitlement will have seen this quotation embodied. Ryan appeared to be the only rational being at that Health Care Summit. When Ryan was making his case, Obama started blinking like crazy, as though he'd been caught in a lie. It was amazing.
     -- Byron, Fort Collins, CO     
    Like the quote says: "If you think healthcare is expensive now.....wait till it's free." Who wrote that? More entitlements is exactly what Democraps LOVE. Gimme....gimme...for free. If I don't HAVE to work, I won't. Let *Someone* else provide. Democracy=Socialism=Fascism=Communism
     -- L.P., Kirkland     
    The Free American Republic is based upon the principle that the individual is born with rights that are inalienable and cannot be taken away by vote or declaration. These rights define the dignity and nobility of man. From these rights, the right to defend one's life, one's home, one's fruits of his labors, one's family, the individual partners with his neighbors for mutual protection against THIEVES whether they be one man, a gang or an army. The taking of other people's lives and property is the source of all war and alliances -- as long as there are those that attempt to take from one that which is not theirs there will be war. Waffler merely defends his own form of thievery, but make no mistake, he is on the side of thievery, not on the side of honor, of honest labor, honest production, honest money, honest representation. The best defense against murdering thieves is a republican form of government that is built upon the foundation of the inalienable rights of humankind. Socialism in any of its forms is merely a form of legalized thievery making the government the top mafiosa, and all others must pay tribute, often called "insurance" but it is protection money -- protection from them! What Waffler calls 'law enforcement.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Stay in there, Waffler. This is another opaque quotation. Sometimes the movement toward liberty and justice may be intiated by the few, but all the progress I am familiar with (such as abolition of slavery, child labor laws,minimum wage, etc., etc.) have only been brought about by a majority of THE PEOPLE.
     -- dick, fort worth     
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