Ludwig von Mises on the Utopians in cloud-cuckoo land

March 24, 2014 by History in a Hurry

Economics, as such, figures all too sparsely in the glamorous pictures painted by the Utopians. They invariably explain how, in the cloud-cuckoo lands of their fancy, roast pigeons will in some way fly into the mouths of the comrades, but they omit to show how this miracle is to take place. Where they do in fact commence to be more explicit in the domain of economics, they soon find themselves at a loss–one remembers, for instance, Proudhon’s fantastic dreams of an “exchange bank”–so that it is not difficult to point out their logical fallacies. When Marxism solemnly forbids its adherents to concern themselves with economic problems beyond the expropriation of the expropriators, it adopts no new principle, since the Utopians throughout their descriptions have also neglected all economic considerations, and concentrated attention solely upon painting lurid pictures of existing conditions and glowing pictures of that golden age which is the natural consequence of the New Dispensation.

-Ludwig von Mises (translated from the German by S. Alder)
Economic Calculation In The Socialist Commonwealth
http://mises.org/pdf/econcalc.pdf

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