A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century Originally published in England in the spring of 1944 when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the soA classic work in political philosophy, intellectual and cultural history, and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians, scholars, and general readers for half a century Originally published in England in the spring of 1944 when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin, and Albert Einstein subscribed lock, stock, and barrel to the socialist program The Road to Serfdom was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production For F A Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would inevitably lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of nazi Germany and fascist Italy.First published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate attention from the public, politicians, and scholars alike The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months than 30,000 were sold In April of 1945, Reader s Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book of the Month Club distributed this condensation to than 600,000 readers A perennial best seller, the book has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the United States, not including the British edition or the nearly twenty translations into such languages as German, French, Dutch, Swedish, and Japanese, and not to mention the m
The Road to Serfdom A classic work in political philosophy intellectual and cultural history and economics The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians scholars and general readers for half a century
This book captures the frustration of classical liberals as opposed to modern liberals when they see collectivist policies enacted despite the overwhelming evidence that socialism brings about disastrous results.Having grown up and lived in Austria during World War I and later moving to Great Britain, Hayek was particularly frustrated when he saw Britain and the United States making the same mistakes of the Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union Hayek argues that collectivism eventually leads to tyra [...]
6.0 stars On my list of All Time Favorite Books One of the most important books ever written and most concise, brilliant, scathing and impressive argument against the planned economy that has been, or likely ever will be, written Hayek, while always being respectful to the adherents of the idea that state control over resources and goals is the right approach, nevertheless absolutely destroys each and every argument and rationale alluded to by such people His general thesis that socialism, commu [...]
I tried to read this several times, beginning back when I almost convinced myself I might be able to understand read respect what Republicans were thinking I m sorry to say that is over, at least for now If we can lie, cheat, and steal our way to power, what difference does it make what is just I made some notes before I gave up Putting them here in case I ever get back to this in time to challenge Paul Ryan personally.This book has gone through so many editions, it is worth noting which one is [...]
Finally got around to reading this libertarian conservative classic It s short, but deep, combining economics, politics, sociology, and a short history of Socialist thought, to create the greatest critique of the collectivist impulse that you can read Hayek s message is blunt despite the freedom and liberality that is western man s birthright, there is an inevitable clamor for order and equality that arises from the intellligensia and the wealthy This clamor leads to the demand often in the guis [...]
The Road to Serfdom is not an anti government book, it s definitely not a libertarian or pro laissez faire capitalism or even a pro democracy book It s purely and simply an anti socialism book And, just to be clear, to Hayek, socialism primarily means central planning It s chapter after chapter of reasons why socialism, despite it s apparently noble goals, both will not work in the practical sense, and how it tends to lead to totalitarianism.Hayek s arguments are level headed and logical He is c [...]
The historical analysis upon which this book depends amounts to nothing than extremely poor scholarship masquerading as thoughtful contrarianism Hayek s conflation of Nazism with Socialism merely because they have similar names in German is an example of stupidity on the level of mistaking the PATRIOT Act for patriotism or the Ministry of Peace for peacefulness This distracting error is unfortunately the foundation of the entirety of his argument His theory of authoritarianism consists of extra [...]
There is an old cartoon found here which summarizes the logic of this work rather perfectly Essentially, the government gets involved in your life, they dictate how you live, then they kill you The notions in this text are trifling at best.Hayek never confronts the fact that a lack of some centralized body somewhere making decisions for you does not mean an end to governance Clearly, businesses govern They also plan To take this power away from a centralized and at least ostensibly publicly acco [...]
Introduced by Chicago don Milty Friedman, who assures us that the free market is the only mechanism that has ever been discovered for achieving participatory democracy xi Preach it, Brother Milt So called collectivism had been burying purported individualism, apparently, in Padre Fred s 1944 analysis, but was unexpectedly checked by the time of Frere Milt s semicentennial celebratory gala binge Fra Milt is pleased to report that Father Fred was dead wrong in his predictions that collectivist sta [...]
The temptation here will be to try and say too much This is a short book, though it is thickly packed I won t try to relate here what the author relates in the book I will try to say a few words about the book and recommend it.This is the same book that was released in England in 1944, but it is a new edition and thus has a new intro by the author If you can get this edition I recommend it for the intro This book was written during near the end of WWII and thus will be in some ways a bit dated T [...]
1 2 star not simply for Hayek s preachy, condescending tone, but because this book was the catalyst for the gutting of the State by the flying monkeys of the Chicago School under Milton Friedman From Pinochet s Chile to Thatcher s Britain to post Soviet Russia, Hayek s callous version of individualism and competition gave a veneer of legitmacy to an explosion of untramelled human greed in which millions of people lost any security of income or employment whilst a few within the charmed circle of [...]
This is one of the foundational books for my personal philosophy Along with his other works, the thought of Friedrich von Hayek is basic to my own indivdualist world view In this book Hayek contends that liberty is fragile, easily harmed but seldom extinguished in one fell swoop Instead, over the years the unforeseen but inevitable consequences of socialist planning create a state of affairs in which, if the policy is to be pursued, totalitarian forces will get the upper hand He asserts that lib [...]
Hayek creates a facile equation of fascism and communism, and argues that any political or economic system that is not laissez faire capitalism is tyranny Hayek s seemingly deliberate misreadings of history left me unconvinced, and very uneasy with the libertarian movement, if this is to be taken as a representative text.
Hayek is a huge figure in economics and of immense influence on neoliberalism, and reading this I was struck by just how deeply and completely neoliberalism goes as a theoretical framework I know many would not agree with that though many would , but Thatcher claimed him as her own and that is enough for me There are also those conversations in the Mount Pelerin Society with Milton Friedman It fascinates me that this resonance is true not just of the ideas, but also in the way language is used a [...]
I ve recently started reading economics books by liberal neo liberal libertarian capitalist writers to better understand their points But I m finding them not much superior than the arguments I come across from anarcho capitalists and right wing libertarians on the internet.For one thing, Hayek lumps the Nazis with socialists and communists because they re all collectivists Never mind the fact that fascists speak about class collaboration when socialists are interested in the class struggle in s [...]
What a fine book What a timely book Those who want to understand Obamonomics need to read this Those who have read it already should probably read it again The political world is divided into two main groups those who think controlling everything from the center is a good idea and those who do not Each side of that divide has its variations, but those are the basic options Those on the fascist side control have the hard totalitarians and the soft totalitarians, but that is basically a difference [...]
We are today living out the dim echo like light from a fading star of a debate conducted seventy years ago by men John Meynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek born for the most part in the late nineteenth century To be sure, the economic terms in which we are encouraged to think are not conventionally associated with these far off political disagreements And yet without an understanding of the latter, it is as though we speak a language we do not fully comprehend Tony Judt What is Living and What is [...]
If compassionate conservatism means anything, than it surely means something like this Hayek s thought no longer qualifies as hardcore libertarian because he believed in government welfare programs, albeit limited ones, as supplementary to the free market system for those unable to participate in it Central planning was what he was really against, and he has a very convincing argument against putting economic planning in the hands of any government, no matter how benevolent it may seem to be at [...]
going to make an exception to my only radicals rule It s always important to know your enemies It comes recommended by Perry Anderson.
The Road to Serfdom is a book that has divided the post war divided world In developed countries that practice capitalism, Hayek s book created a stir although his influence was a shadow of the effect Keynes had on countries No body said I m an Hayekian now Hayek barely finds a place in my economics textbook This book told me why he was never respected in his life With all respect to Hayek and his intellect, this book falls short of being the ultimate attack on socialism it set out to be In the [...]
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A must read for every liberal, socialist or communist
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Hayek s The Road to Serfdom was both prophetic and influential in its day, and its message is as timely now as it ever was He offers a compelling warning that the collectivism required for centralized planning is incompatible with democracy and the individualism on which it s built In so doing, he provides key insights into economic concepts rarely discussed or understood today in mainstream conversations, such as how the price system works as a means of conveying information, how the rule of co [...]
Hayek s analysis of socialism is insightful, prophetic, and chilling It is a difficult book to read, but very rewarding It is clear that we take for granted the freedoms we were given by our founding fathers and abdicating them to the socialist planners will lead to dire consequences We must all wake up before the socialists in our midst lead us to totalitarianism something that may be difficult to imagine, but most certainly in our future if we continue upon our current path.
Friedrich A Hayek was a member of the Austrian School of economics We ve heard about that school in recent times because Milton Friedman advocated many of the ideas the school expressed, primarily the freedom to choose provided by a free market.This book is a warning to England, written during the closing days of World War II, that the policies of socialism being advocated at the time were the same policies Hayek has seen in Germany 20 years before.On first thought, one would wonder how socialis [...]
OK, I ll admit that I finally broke down and read this book because of Glenn Beck I ve heard about this book for so long from conservatives who say that it shows how contemporary liberalism is Hayek s road to serfdom Balderdash If you read this book, you ll see that Hayek wrote at the end of World War II to warn about the dangers of centralized, planned economies, as opposed to economies based on competition That s it.Hayek is not against big government In fact, he says a lot about the things go [...]
Hayek, an Austrian who moved to Britain in the 1930s, sounded as clear a set of warnings for Britain and America in 1944 against the dangers of creeping socialism as Alexis de Tocqueville had done for France and America 100 years previously Hayek saw the danger for Britain contained in the Fabian socialism of H.G Wells et al based on how the welfare programs begun in Germany under Bismarck led to the disaster of National Socialism under Hitler.De Toqueville had seen the same trends in France in [...]
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It took me many months to finish reading Hayek s classic work on economics and totalitarianism It certainly isn t for the faint of heart, but I consider it well worth the effort Writing during World War II, Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek explores the sinister ramifications of centralized planning in the economic sphere and delves into the nature of socialism He explains why socialized systems are dishonest and totalitarian in nature and warns of a creeping acceptance of collectivist thinking [...]
Fantastic book Very dense Be prepared to re read sections often I did it by audiobook while commuting on the motorcycle the only leisure reading time I really have At times, it was easy to forget that this book was written in the 40 s and not today Highly recommended for those wanting to learn a bit about economic policy, socialism, and how they go together.