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- Self improvement: A Philosophy of Freedom
by Rudolf Steiner - 111 years after first publication still valid and valuable,
in fact indispensably more important today (see also the positive reader reviews!) & free download in english,
in german (Die Philosophie der Freiheit),
in italian (PDF) (La Filosofia della Libertà),
and in spanish (La Filosofia de La Libertad),
et voici ce livre en français (La Philosophie de la Liberté)
- The Free Market and Its Enemies by Ludwig von Mises, transcription of his 1951 lectures, first published in 2004!
- Current controversies: "Economic Policy"*
by Ludwig von Mises (free download)
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Genome (The Autobiography of a Species) by Matt Ridley
- Legends: Discover the real meaning of Goethe's Tale of the Tale:
The Time Is at Hand!
(The Rosicrucian Nature of Goethe's Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily and the Mystery Dramas of Rudolf Steiner)
by Paul and Joan deRis Allen
||The Sovereign Individual
by J. D. Davidson, Lord W. Rees-Mogg
||Quotes: "The collapse of morality and
growing corruption among leaders of Western governments are not random
developments. They are evidence that the potential of the nation-state is exhausted. ...
Before most nation states visibly collapse they will be dominated by latter
day barbarians. ... The end of an era is usually a period of intense corruption."
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"Yellow is a light which has been dampened by the darkness; blue is a darkness which has been weakened by the light."
-- "Goethe's World View" by Rudolf Steiner
Famous Philosopher's Democracy Maxims
"Nothing is more disgusting than the majority:
because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves,
of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want."
-- quote Goethe (translated from german by IBS),
Essays on European literature
by Ernst Robert Curtius, p 72 (2. ext. ed., Francke, 1954)
"But that I may reveal to you my heart, my friends:
if there were Gods, how could I stand it not to be a God! Therefore,
there are no Gods."
-- quote from "Thus spoke Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche, see also
"Friedrich Nietzsche, A Fighter Against his Time"
by Rudolf Steiner
- "I have given to mankind the deepest book which it possesses, my Zarathustra;
soon I shall give [to mankind] the most independent" [book,
i.e., a philosophical book profoundly based on personality
and more independent from any other judgement]."
-- quote Götzendämmerung (Twilight of Idols) by Friedrich Nietzsche
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
-- Winston Churchill
"Democracy, too, is a religion. It is the worship of jackals by jackasses."
-- H.L. Mencken
"[direct] democracy is, properly speaking, necessarily a despotism,
because it establishes an executive power in which 'all' decide for or
even against one who does not agree; that is, 'all,' who are not quite
all, decide, and this is a contradiction of the general will with
itself and with freedom."
-- Immanuel Kant. Perpetual Peace. Trans. Lewis White Beck (352)
"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."
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*) "The ideal economic policy, both for today and tomorrow, is
very simple. Government should protect and defend against
domestic and foreign aggression the lives and property of
the persons under its jurisdiction, settle disputes that arise,
and leave the people otherwise free to pursue their various
goals and ends in life. This is a radical idea in our
interventionist age. Governments today are often asked to
regulate and control production**, to raise the prices of some
goods and services and to lower the prices of others, to fix
wages, to help some businesses get started and to keep
others from failing, to encourage or hamper imports and
exports, to care for the sick and the elderly, to support the
profligate, and so on and on and on.
Ideally government should be a sort of caretaker, not of
the people themselves, but of the conditions which will
allow individuals, producers, traders, workers, entrepreneurs,
savers, and consumers to pursue their own
goals in peace. If government does that, and no more, the
people will be able to provide for themselves much better
than the government possibly could. This in essence is the
message of Professor Ludwig von Mises in this small volume."
-- quote from the introduction of
- Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow"
by Ludwig von Mises, 1995 (Lecture in Argentina, 1958)
"[the Marxians failed to see, that] ... those who are already wealthy capitalists and
entrepreneurs, are in their capacity as bourgeois not selfishly interested in
the preservation of laissez faire. Under laissez faire their eminent position is
daily threatened anew by the ambitions of impecunious newcomers. Laws
that put obstacles in the way of talented upstarts are detrimental to the
interests of the consumers but they protect those who have already
established their position in business against the competition of intruders. In
making it more difficult for a businessman to reap profit and in taxing away
the greater part of the profits made, they prevent the accumulation of capital
by newcomers and thus remove the inducement that impels old firms toward
the utmost exertion in serving the customers."
-- quote from p145, "THEORY AND HISTORY - An Interpretation of Social and Economic Evolution"
by Ludwig von Mises, 1957
To me this doesn't sound like the expropriation of the expropriators.***
***) see "SOCIALISM: An Economic and Sociological Analysis"
by Ludwig von Mises, 1922.
****) L. v. Mises est peu connu, mais il est un des plus grand economist scientifique,
Parce qu'il n'a jamais fait un compromis dans sa vie, il n'a pas eu le prix nobel pour l'economie.
(son disciple F. Hayek - qui est a mon avis un socialist! - l'a eu, une fois
L. v. Mises etait mort.
Les ecrits de Mises n'ont pas perdu de l'actualite!
Les six lešons qui ont eu lieu en Argentine en 1958,
ne sont pas trop long et ils expliquent l'essentiell
(Inflation, protectionisme, interventionisme, securité sociale, ...).
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