Addressing economics, fascism, history, socialism and the Holocaust, Hayek unwraps the trappings of socialist ideology. The Road to Serfdom remains one of the all-time classics of twentieth-century intellectual thought.
The Road to Serfdom remains one of the all-time classics of twentieth-century intellectual thought. For over half a century, it has inspired politicians and thinkers around the world, and has had a crucial impact on our political and cultural history. With trademark brilliance, Hayek argues convincingly that, while socialist ideals may be tempting, they cannot be accomplished except by means that few would approve of. Addressing economics, fascism, history, socialism and the Holocaust, Hayek unwraps the trappings of socialist ideology. He reveals to the world that little can result from such ideas except oppression and tyranny. Today, more than fifty years on, Hayek's warnings are just as valid as when The Road to Serfdom was first published.
Friedrich August von Hayek (1899-1992) was born in Austria. An eminent economist and political philosopher, he won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1974.
'This book has become a true classic: essential reading for everyone who is seriously interested in politics in the broadest and least partisan sense.' - Milton Friedman 'This book should be read by everybody. It is no use saying that there are a great many people who are not interested in politics; the political issue discussed by Dr Hayek concerns every single member of the community.' - The Listener
This is one of the classic works in the library of classical liberalism - the theory, in essence, that people should be free to live their lives as they choose, as long as they respect the same right in others, and that government's only real job is to protect that freedom. His assertion that a supposedly benevolent "mixed economy", with elements of freedom interlaced with the tentacles of the nanny state, leads us down a path to totalitarianism, is as compelling in today's environment of unsatiable big government as it was in 1944, when Nazism's ugly shadow still loomed across Europe. Interest in Hakek's ideas has been piqued anew by the global recession and the staggering encroachment by governments into the private sector that it has provoked. This is one book that I return to time and time again.
David @ The Nile
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