Felix Somary despre atmosfera din Viena imperială (sfârșit de secol XIX-început de secol XX):
No more than 300 metres separated the University from the parliament building in the Vienna Ringstrasse; if the young people fought almost daily at the University, the conflicts of the deputies were of equal violence, and were battled with a fanatical passion unknown in other countries. If you went only a hundred steps further on from parliament, you could see every day — and usually more often—a carriage drawn by two horses drive out of the Hofburg. In it sat the old Emperor [Franz Joseph] and his equally elderly adjutant, and they would set out for Schönbrunn at an easy trot, always at the same hour, and always down the same street. There was no security escort ahead of or behind the carriage, no policeman sat in the vehicle itself; any assassin would have had an easy job. But nobody took the opportunity.
Despre cum e acum când circulă (sau moare!) un șef de stat, prim-ministru sau orice alt om politic (știu că la lege scrie că șeful de stat este apolitic, dar asta e pentru cei dispuși să și creadă) nu e nevoie să mai discutăm. Dar merită citit mai jos:
The leaders of our modern great empires are driven rapidly in bullet-proof cars, protected by countless bodyguards. Aristotle thus defined the difference between a monarch and a tyrant: the monarch protects his people, the tyrant has to protect himself from them.
Ambele pasaje se găsesc în formidabila biografie a vieții lui Ludwig von Mises realizată de Jörg Guido Hülsmann. (pp 51)
Foarte util de ascultat și Hoppe.