The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 2009 - Political Science - 304 pages
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An unimpeachable 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 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 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, widespread attention. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 books were sold. In April 1945, Reader’s Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this edition to more than 600,000 readers. A perennial best seller, the book has sold 400,000 copies in the United States alone and has been translated into more than twenty languages, along the way becoming one of the most important and influential books of the century.

With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek.  The volume includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book's origins and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek's thought.  Caldwell has also standardized and corrected Hayek's references and added helpful new explanatory notes.  Supplemented with an appendix of related materials ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier editions by John Chamberlain, Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom will be the definitive version of Hayek's enduring masterwork.
  

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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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Contents

THE ROAD TO SERFDOM
35
Preface to the Original Editions
37
Foreword to the 1956 American Paperback Edition
39
Introduction
57
One The Abandoned Road
65
Two The Great Utopia
76
Three Individualism and Collectivism
83
Four The Inevitability of Planning
91
Thirteen The Totalitarians in Our Midst
193
Fourteen Material Conditions and Ideal Ends
210
Fifteen The Prospects of International Order
223
Sixteen Conclusion
237
Bibliographical Note
239
Related Documents
243
NaziSocialism 1933
245
Readers Report by Frank Knight 1943
249

Five Planning and Democracy
100
Six Planning and the Rule of Law
112
Seven Economic Control and Totalitarianism
124
Eight Who Whom?
134
Nine Security and Freedom
147
Ten Why the Worst Get on Top
157
Eleven The End of Truth
171
Twelve The Socialist Roots of Naziism
181
Readers Report by Jacob Marschak 1943
251
Foreword to the 1944 American Edition by John Chamberlain
253
Letter from John Scoon to C Hartley Grattan 1945
255
Introduction to the 1994 Edition by Milton Friedman
259
Acknowledgments
267
Index
269
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F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and a leading proponent of classical liberalism  in the twentieth century. He taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.

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