“It was clear to Mises from the experience of communism and fascism, as well as from the many tyrannies of the past, that without democracy the questions of who shall rule, for how long, and for what purpose will be reduced to brute force and dictatorial power. Reason and persuasion should be the methods that men use in their dealings with one another — both in the marketplace and the social and political arenas — and not the bullet and the bayonet.”
“In his book on classical liberalism Mises bemoaned the fact that people are all too willing to resort to state power to impose their views of personal conduct and morality whenever their fellow men veer from their own conception of the good, the virtuous, and the right. He despaired, “The propensity of our contemporaries to demand authoritarian prohibition as soon as something does not please them … shows how deeply ingrained the spirit of servility still remains in them…. A free man must be able to endure it when his fellow men act and live otherwise than he considers proper. He must free himself from the habit, just as soon as something does not please him, of calling for the police.”
Austrian Economics & Public Policy–Restoring Freedom and Prosperity, Richard Ebeling, p. 82.