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Laissez Faire Capitalism Quotes


"Laissez-faire capitalism is the only social system based on the recognition of individual rights and, therefore, the only system that bans force from social relationships." - Ayn Rand

"Unrestricted laissez faire capitalism allocates resources in a most efficient way to satisfy human wants without regard to the rationality or morality of those desires." - Jerry Pournelle

"Faire is not faire, but that which pleaseth." - George Herbert

"A day after the faire." - John Heywood

"I am now a fundamentalist American; give me time and I will tell you why individualism, laissez-faire and the slightly restrained anarchy of capitalism offer the best opportunities for the development of the human spirit." - Rose Wilder Lane

"Capitalism is the only system that can make freedom, individuality, and the pursuit of values possible in practice. When I say 'capitalism,' I mean a pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism - with a separation of economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as a separation of state and church." - Ayn Rand

"Faire language grates not the tongue." - George Herbert

"Laissez-faire capitalism, or anarchocapitalism, is simply the economic form of the libertarian ethic. Laissez-faire capitalism encompasses the notion that men should exchange goods and services, without regulation, solely on the basis of value for value. It recognizes charity and communal enterprises as voluntary versions of this same ethic. Such a system would be straight barter, except for the widely felt need for a division of labor in which men, voluntarily, accept value tokens such as cash and credit. Economically, this system is anarchy, and proudly so." - Karl Hess

"Capitalism works." - Michael Bloomberg

"My parents couldnt be looser. It was the ultimate laissez faire upbringing." - Charlie Trotter

"The laissez-faire argument relies on the same tacit appeal to perfection as does communism." - George Soros

"Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"With laissez-faire and price atomic, Ecology's Uneconomic, But with another kind of logic Economy's Unecologic." - Kenneth E. Boulding

"Laissez-faire is finished. The all-powerful market that always knows best is finished." - Nicolas Sarkozy

"My parents couldn't be looser. It was the ultimate laissez faire upbringing." - Charlie Trotter

"Although I have made a fortune in the financial markets, I now fear that the untrammeled intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and the spread of market values into all areas of life is endangering our open and democratic society. The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat." - George Soros

"Faire words makes mee looke to my purse." - George Herbert

"I am opposed to all forms of control. I am for an absolute, laissez-faire, free, unregulated economy." - Ayn Rand

"Laissez faire (in its full true meaning) opens the way to the realization of the noble dreams of socialism." - Henry George

"the Treaty of Rome which entrenches laissez faire as its philosophy and chooses bureaucracy as its administrative method." - Tony Benn

"When laissez-faire creates instability, the move to a freer market can be something less than pure gain." - Robert Kuttner

"Laissez Faire was very good sauce for the goose, labor, but was very poor sauce for the gander, capital." - Benjamin Tucker

"Obama's capitalism is a capitalism of connections." - Sarah Palin

"Adam Smith's was a real universalism in intent. Laissez Faire was intended to establish a world community as well as a natural harmony of interests within each nation... But the "children of darkness" were able to make good use of his creed. A dogma which was intended to guarantee the economic freedom of the individual became the "ideology" of vast corporate structures of a later period of capitalism, used by them, and still used, to prevent a proper political control of their power." - Reinhold Niebuhr

"There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party...and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat. Republicans are a bit stupider, more rigid, more doctrinaire in their laissez-faire capitalism than the Democrats, who are cuter, prettier, a bit more corrupt - until recently... and more willing than the Republicans to make small adjustments when the poor, the black, the anti-imperialists get out of hand. But, essentially, there is no difference between the two parties." - Gore Vidal

"Government control of the economy, no matter in whose behalf, has been the source of all the evils in our industrial society - and the solution is laissez-faire capitalism, i.e., the abolition of any and all forms of intervention in production and trade, the separation of State and Economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of Church and State." - Ayn Rand

"Capitalism is in crisis." - Lech Walesa

"Laissez Faire, laissez passer. Let it be, let it pass. The phrase is not readily translatable. It was widely used by the Physiocrats in urging freedom from government interference and was adopted by Adam Smith." - Francois Quesnay

"If one rejects laissez faire on account of mans fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action." - Ludwig Von Mises

"I'm fine with whatever comes my way, and whatever doesn't come my way I'm fine with too. I have a very laissez-faire attitude with the whole thing." - Alice Sebold

"My god has always been a laissez-faire deity, giving you the initial goods and sending you on to make your way." - Jane Hamilton

"If one rejects laissez faire on account of man's fallibility and moral weakness, one must for the same reason also reject every kind of government action." - Ludwig Von Mises

"[I am against] the Treaty of Rome which entrenches laissez faire as its philosophy and chooses bureaucracy as its administrative method." - Tony Benn

"Just as the left has to be more willing to question 'Government knows best,' the right has to rethink its laissez-faire attitude toward government." - Jack Kemp

"Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire." - Ludwig Von Mises

"Radicals, on the other hand, want to advance from the jungle of laissez-faire capitalism to a world worthy of the name of human civilization. They hope for a future where the means of economic production will be owned by all of the people instead of just a comparative handful. They feel that this minority control of production facilities is injurious to the large masses of people not only because of economic monopolies but because the political power inherent in this form of centralized economy does not augur for an ever expanding democratic way of life." - Saul Alinsky

"Private capitalism makes a steam engine; State capitalism makes pyramids." - Frank Chodorov

"Capitalism should not be condemned, since we haven't had capitalism." - Ron Paul

"Faint heart hath been a common phrase, faire ladie never wives." - John Payne Collier

"What is thy name, faire maid? quote he. Penelophon, O King, quoth she." - Thomas Percy

"Buy at a faire, but sell at home. [Buy at a fair, but sell at home.]" - George Herbert

"There was nothing natural about laissez-faire; free markets could never have come into being merely by allowing things to take their course. Just as cotton manufactures were created by the help of protective tariffs, export bounties, and indirect wage subsidies, laissez-faire was enforced by the state." - Karl Polanyi

"To check centralization and usurping of power ... we require a new laissez-faire. The old laissez-faire was founded upon a misapprehension of human nature, an exultation of individuality (in private character often a virtue) to the condition of a political dogma, which destroyed the spirit of community and reduced men to so many equipollent atoms of humanity, without sense of brotherhood or purpose." - Russell Kirk

"America is capitalism on steroids." - Lowkey

"Capitalism is destroying the earth." - Helen Caldicott

"Capitalism is an art form." - Camille Paglia

"Fascism is capitalism in decay." - Vladimir Lenin

"Reckless capitalism kills black people." - Mos Def

"Fascism is capitalism plus murder." - Upton Sinclair

"There's nothing pure about capitalism." - Michael Moore

"In a laissez-faire society, there could exist no public institution with the power to forcefully protect people from themselves. From other people (criminals), yes. From one's own self, no." - Karl Hess

"Laissez faire does not mean: let soulless mechanical forces operate. It means: let individuals choose how they want to cooperate in the social division of labor and let them determine what the entrepreneurs should produce." - Ludwig Von Mises

"So-called Individualism is the social and economic laissez-faire: the exploitation of the masses by the classes by means of legal trickery, spiritual debasement and systematic indoctrination of the servile spirit, which process is known as 'education'." - Emma Goldman

"Thus, the weight of my criticism is directed against the inadequacy of the theoretical foundations of the laissez-faire doctrine upon which I was brought up and for many years I taught" - John Maynard Keynes

"The treasury could fill old bottles with banknotes and bury them..and leave it to private enterprises on well-tried principles of laissez-faire to dig the notes up again." - John Maynard Keynes

"Laissez-faire, supply and demand-one begins to be weary of all that. Leave all to egotism, to ravenous greed of money, of pleasure, of applause-it is the gospel of despair." - Thomas Carlyle

"The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive." - John Ruskin

"Thus, the weight of my criticism is directed against the inadequacy of the theoretical foundations of the laissez-faire doctrine upon which I was brought up and for many years I taught;" - John Maynard Keynes

"I'm pretty earthy; I nursed forever because I liked it and my kids liked it, but at the same time I'm very laissez-faire about stuff like bedtimes and food." - Ana Gasteyer

"What I wish I had, is that I wish I was a little more Greek, in that I wish I could lose my North American driven attitude and that I could be a little bit more poetic and laissez faire." - Nia Vardalos

"Throughout the 19th century, when there was a laissez-faire mentality and insufficient regulation, you had one crisis after another. Each crisis brought about some reform. That is how central banking developed." - George Soros

"Racism cannot be separated from capitalism." - Angela Davis

"...The greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism." - Emma Goldman

"Imperialism: The final stage of Capitalism." - Vladimir Lenin

"You can't have capitalism without racism." - Malcolm X

"War is capitalism with the gloves off." - Tom Stoppard

"The unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism." - Edward Heath

"Capitalism is the worst enemy of humanity" - Evo Morales

"Crime is just unvarnished capitalism, after all." - Brad Pitt

"We need a break from Capitalism," - Kshama Sawant

"Capitalism is a cancer in the biosphere." - David Foreman

"Capitalism is a pretty brutal place." - Charlie Munger

"Capitalism doesn't consider morality. It considers profitability." - Steve Almond

"Any capitalism is superior to feudalism." - Deng Xiaoping

"Art is socialism but life is capitalism." - Mike Birbiglia

"Capitalism is the key to survival." - Andrew Joseph Galambos

"Today, capitalism faces a deep structural crisis." - Kshama Sawant

"Capitalism without capital is just an ism." - Jesse Jackson

"Nobody believes in completely unadulterated capitalism." - Bill Gates

"Capital, like capitalism, seems an overrated category." - Ernest Gellner

"Capitalism unchecked is not a democratic system." - Serj Tankian

"Capitalism is war; socialism is peace." - Karl Liebknecht

"Capitalism has only hurt Latin America." - Evo Morales

"Capitalism can't deliver decent health care." - Timothy Noah

"Capitalism is the worst friend of humanity." - Evo Morales

"Capitalism is the fullest expression of anarchism and anarchism is the fullest expression of capitalism" - Murray Rothbard

"True ? anarchism will be ? capitalism , and true capitalism will be anarchism." - Murray Rothbard

"The only thing worse than being exploited by capitalism is not being exploited by capitalism." - Joan Robinson

"Europe is not managing its capitalism very well, it is not a good advertisement of capitalism" - Jack Goldstone

"Anybody who knows about capitalism knows that bankruptcy is an essential part of capitalism." - Joseph Stiglitz

"True anarchism will be capitalism , and true capitalism will be anarchism." - Murray Rothbard

"It is generally conceded that mercantile capitalism preceded and prepared the ground for modern industrial capitalism." - Eric Roll, Baron Roll of Ipsden

"In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy." - Fran Lebowitz

"We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism." - Huey Newton

"The greatness of America is capitalism, free market capitalism. The exceptionalism of American business." - Fran Tarkenton

"Capitalism is not a Ponzi scheme. Capitalism is a scheme of free markets." - John C. Bogle

"First the high palme-trees, with braunches faire, Out of the lowly vallies did arise, And high shoote up their heads into the skyes." - Edmund Spenser

"Il est plus facile de faire la guerre que la paix. It is far easier to make war than to make peace." - Georges Clemenceau

"Bear in mind that capitalism is a tiny period of human society. You never really had capitalism, you always had one or another variant of state capitalism." - Noam Chomsky

"Capitalism is not about the profit motive. Capitalism is about free markets. What you do in the market, in your free will, is the essence of capitalism." - Muhammad Yunus

"We do not have free market capitalism in America; we have crony capitalism. There is a huge difference between free market capitalism that democratizes a country and makes us more efficient and prosperous and corporate crony capitalism." - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"If you lived with a roommate as unstable as capitalism..." - Richard D. Wolff

"Can capitalism survive? No. I do not think it can." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"Capitalism is the fullest expression of anarchism, and anarchism is the fullest expression of capitalism. Not only are they compatible, but you can't really have one without the other. True anarchism will be capitalism, and true capitalism will be anarchism" - Murray Rothbard

"It is capitalism, not Marxism, that trades in futures." - Terry Eagleton

"As a businessman, Frank Lorenzo gives capitalism a bad name." - William F Buckley Jr

"Every Socialist outbreak only blazes new paths for Capitalism." - Oswald Spengler

"Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system" - Stokely Carmichael

"Capitalism sounds good in theory but it just doesn't work." - Edward Abbey

"Unbridled capitalism will lead to some very real problems." - Kenneth Rogoff

"Capitalism has resulted in material well-being but spiritual bankruptcy." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"I always feel that crime films are about capitalism," - Andrew Dominik

"Free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity!" - Lawrence Kudlow

"The only problem with capitalism is the capitalists." - Herbert Hoover

"Under capitalism everybody is the architect of his own fortune." - Ludwig Von Mises

"For capitalism flourishes best in a mobile and egalitarian society" - Francis Fukuyama

"Anti-Semitism is really a hatred of capitalism." - Ulrike Meinhof

"Creative Destruction is the essential fact about capitalism." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"Capitalism is what people do if you leave them alone." - Kenneth Minogue

"Mafia is the best example of capitalism we have." - Marlon Brando

"Socialism for rich bankers and capitalism for everyone else." - Robert Reich

"Capitalism makes people unequally rich. Communism makes people equally poor." - Thomas Friedman

"The inequality of income and fortunes is essential in capitalism." - Ludwig Von Mises

"At the heart of capitalism is creative destruction." - Joseph A Schumpeter

"The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism." - Norman Brenner

"Conservatism is alien to the very nature of capitalism." - Whittaker Chambers

"Nothing in the world is irreversible, not even capitalism." - Fidel Castro

"Politics: distrust all parties but consider capitalism must go." - Louis Macneice

"Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class." - Al Capone

"What if capitalism is unsustainable, and socialism is impossible?" - Ken Macleod

"Capitalism is the only economic system compatible with free individuals" - Peter Mcwilliams

"WikiLeaks is designed to make capitalism more free and ethical." - Julian Assange

"Capitalism is a stupid system, a backward system." - Stokely Carmichael

"Capitalism is a system for determining objective value." - Matt Taibbi

"Capitalism has forced everyone to overoptimize in order to compete." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"The Chinese are no slouches when it comes to capitalism." - Patricia Marx

"Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell." - Frank Borman

"The revolution eats its own. Capitalism re-creates itself." - Mordecai Richler

"Under capitalism each individual engages in economic planning." - George Reisman

"Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil." - Michael Moore

"Capitalism has survived communism. Now, it eats away at itself." - Charles Bukowski

"Of faire things, the Autumne is faire." - George Herbert

"Shall I, wasting in despaire, Dye because a woman's faire? Or make pale my cheeks with care Cause another's rosie are? Be shee fairer than the day, Or the flow'ry meads in May; If she be not so to me, What care I how faire shee be?" - George Wither

"[T]he theory of output as a whole, which is what the following book purports to provide, is much more easily adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state, than is the theory of production and distribution of a given output produced under the conditions of free competition and a large measure of laissez-faire." - John Maynard Keynes

"Whats the biggest commercial for aggression, sexuality and materialism? What gets pumped into these kids heads? Taking someone elses girl, which is so laissez-faire in hip-hop, will get you killed in the streets, but it doesnt seem to be an issue when you hear it on the radio." - Lupe Fiasco

"The scope of modern government in what it can and ought to accomplish for its people has been widened far beyond the principles laid down by the old "laissez faire" school of political rights, and the widening has met popular approval." - William Howard Taft

"Fascism entirely agrees with Mr. Maynard Keynes, despite the latter's prominent position as a Liberal. In fact, Mr. Keynes' excellent little book, The End of Laissez-Faire (l926) might, so far as it goes, serve as a useful introduction to fascist economics. There is scarcely anything to object to in it and there is much to applaud." - Benito Mussolini

"In stark contrast with the views of the Greek philosophers and with those of the rest of western intellectuals to the present day, Chinese Taoist thought always defended individual liberty and laissez-faire while attacking the systematic and coercive use of violence typical of government." - Jesus Huerta de Soto

"The principle of laissez-faire may be safely trusted to in some things but in many more it is wholly inapplicable; and to appeal to it on all occasions savors more of the policy of a parrot than of a statesman or a philosopher." - John Ramsay McCulloch

"...whatever the self-righteous excesses of the environmentalist left, it is impossible to be true to traditional conservative values (to say nothing of the Christian faith conservatives like me profess) and hold laissez faire attitudes about the use and abuse of the natural world." - Rod Dreher



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