“People do not cooperate under the division of labor because they love or should love one another. They cooperate because this best serves their own interests. Neither love nor charity nor any other sympathetic sentiments but rightly understood selfishness is what originally impelled man to adjust himself to the requirements of society, to respect the rights and freedoms of his fellow men and to substitute peaceful collaboration for enmity and conflict.”

in Economics, Ludwig von Mises, Writers

-Ludwig von Mises, Human Action: A Treatise on Economics (Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, The Scholar’s Edition, 2008), p. 168.

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