"Pragmatism," Denying Universal Logic, and Political Teleology

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The habit of talking and writing about economic affairs without having probed relentlessly to the bottom of their problems has taken the zest out of public discussions on questions vital to human society and diverted politics into paths that lead directly to the destruction of all civilization...

Our contemporaries consider that anything which comes under the heading of Economics and Sociology is fair game to the unqualified critic. It is assumed that the trade union official and the entrepreneur are qualified by virtue of their office alone to decide questions of political economy. 'Practical men' of this order, even those whose activities have, notoriously, often led to failure and bankruptcy, enjoy a spurious prestige as economists which should at all costs be destroyed. On no account must a disposition to avoid sharp words be permitted to lead to a compromise. It is time these amateurs were unmasked.

Socialism: An Economic and Sociological Analysis, Ludwig von Mises, 1951, http://mises.org/books/socialism.pdf (http://mises.org/books/socialism/contents.aspx).