Non-Cooperation Penalizes Itself

Society does not tell a man what to do and what not to do. There is no need to enforce cooperation by special orders or prohibitions. Non-cooperation penalizes itself. Adjustment to the requirements of society’s productive effort and the pursuit of the individual’s own concerns are not in conflict. Consequently no agency is required to settle such conflicts. The system can work and accomplish its tasks without the interference of an authority issuing special orders and prohibitions and punishing those who do not comply.

Human Action

 

– Ludwig von Mises, Human Action [1949]

One thought on “Non-Cooperation Penalizes Itself

  1. Thomas Hill June 17, 2014 / 12:24 PM

    Thanks to the Future of Freedom Foundation for the quote…

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