The Road to Serfdom: The Condensed Version of The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek as it Appeared in the April 1945 Edition of Reader's Digest

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Institute of Economic Affairs, 1945 - Political Science - 83 pages
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A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual history and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians and scholars for half a century. Originally published in 1944, it was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For 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.

This new edition 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 and forewords to earlier editions by the likes of Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom will be the definitive version of Friedrich Hayek's enduring masterwork.

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Absolutely required reading for everyone. Simple and compelling arguments for why NO step should be taken down the road to socialism, because the endpoint of forcible tyranny is inevitable. Background ... Read full review

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Background information from Wikipedia: The Road to Serfdom was to be the popular edition of the second volume of Hayek’s treatise entitled “The Abuse and Decline of Reason”,[4] and the title was ... Read full review


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