This is a condensed edition of The Road to Serfdom republished in this edition with The Intellectuals and Socialism originally published in 1949 In The Road to Serfdom F A Hayek set out the danger posed to freedom by attempts to apply the principles of wartime economic and social planning to the problems of peacetime Hayek argued that the rise of Nazism was not due to any character failure on the part of the German people, but was a consequence of the socialist ideas that had gained common currency in Germany in the decades preceding the outbreak of war Such ideas, Hayek argued, were now becoming similarly accepted in Britain and the USA On its publication in 1944, The Road to Serfdom caused a sensation Its publishers could not keep up with demand, owing to wartime paper rationing Then, in April 1945, Reader s Digest published a condensed version of the book and Hayek s work found a mass audience This condensed edition was republished for the first time by the IEA in 1999 Since then it has been frequently reprinted There is an enduring demand for Hayek s relevant and accessible message.The Road to Serfdom is republished in this impression with The Intellectuals and Socialism originally published in 1949, in which Hayek explained the appeal of socialist ideas to intellectuals the second hand dealers in ideas Intellectuals, Hayek argued, are attracted to socialism because it involves the rational application of the intellect to the organisation of society, while its utopianism captures their imagination and satisfies their desire to make the world submit to their own design....
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The Road to Serfdom Reviews
I sincerely believe that in the future, “The Road to Serfdom “will rank alongside works of the John Locke, Adam Smith, Edmond Burke, Alexis De Tocqueville, and Ludwig von Mises in defining human freedom. Its insights inspire me to read it again at least every few years. And that is easy to do because it is a brief, well written book that explains how essential the freedom and dignity of each human individual are to the formation of a prosperous, good and just society.
There are a number of excellent reviews already provided here that I will not attempt to improve upon in terms of detail or summary. The core idea of this book is that central economic planning can never work as well as a truly free market, will not guarantee prosperity for all or even eliminate misery for the less fortunate, but will instead result in the virtual control of every aspect of a citizen’s existence.
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I feel that is has shaped my worldview. This is an extremely difficult book to read. Like the great philosophers; you must reread each passage to fully understand it. It is astonishing how permanent this book is to the current economy. Government encroachment, I suppose, is timeless. People wanting benefits and power they don't deserve will never end. That is why this book must be republished for centuries to expose individual responsibility and accountability in the highest regard. Facts don't change, and likewise people will always try to get their something for nothing. This book attempts to prevent that from happening since it destroys the system and the people it depends on. This book sheds light on The Fatal Conceit; that man is both more intelligent and moral than the market through freedom.
I read this book right after i finished reading Economics In One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt(another book i would highly recommend) and I must say I couldn't think of a better way to state Hayek's case. The chapters on Democracy and Planning, Planning and the Rule of Law, Why the Worst get on Top and Who, Whom were my favorite chapters. The book does a magnificent job of showing how certain decisions can inadvertantly cause consequences no one could have forseen or even desired. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in political economy on either side of the debate. This is no lightweight political pundit trying to incite hate like almost any of the so called political books you see for sale today but rather a serious work done by a great scholar heeding us to stop, look and listen.