The Road to Serfdom

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Friedrich August Hayek
Routledge, 1944 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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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.

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Hayek is easy to read and continuously engaging. - Goodreads
Hayek isn't the most lucid writer. - Goodreads
This is a good economic overview of the time. - Goodreads
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Sparkling writing (as usual from Hayek), but at the service of a thoroughly falsified hypothesis. No, the welfare state did not lead to serfdom, contrary to the predictions of this work in the mold of the "Bad" Hayek (the polemicist, not the economist). Read full review

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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). Sadly, “the argument for ... Read full review

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About the author (1944)

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.

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