“The rich, the owners of the already operating plants, have no particular class interest in the maintenance of free competition. They are opposed to confiscation and expropriation of their fortunes, but their vested interests are rather in favor of measures preventing newcomers from challenging their position. Those fighting for free enterprise and free competition do not defend the interests of those rich today. They want a free hand left to unknown men who will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and whose ingenuity will make the life of coming generations more agreeable. They want the way left open to further economic improvements. They are the spokesmen of progress.”

in Economics, Ludwig von Mises, Writers

-Ludwig von MisesHuman Action: A Treatise on Economics  (Auburn: Ludwig von Mises Institute, The Scholar’s Edition, 2008), p. 83.

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