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Ed myself I might be able to understand read respect Republicans were thinking I m sorry to say that over at least or now If we can lie cheat and were thinking I m sorry to say that is over at least or now If we can lie cheat and our way to power what difference does it make what is justI made some notes before I gave up Putting them here in case I ever get back to this in time to challenge Paul Ryan personallyThis book has gone through so many editions it is worth noting which one is referenced Bruce Caldwell Professor of Economics at Duke University wrote the introduction to this 2007 edition published as ever by the University of Chicago Press It is said current Speaker of the House Of Representatives Paul Ryan Gives Out Copies Representatives Paul Ryan gives out copies this book to his staff when they begin working or him The staff must discuss the book in small groups like bible study because I guaran The White Ballets f ing tee you a young and busy staff in DC will not know what the heck Hayek is talking about much less apply it to the US economy in the context of the worldThe ideas in this book began as a memo to the director of the London School of Economics in the 1930s which then became a magazine article and then during WWII became a monograph of its own When it was published in the United States was it 1944 it became a surprise popular hit though hated by the intelligensiaI skimmed the book only Words likereedom are bandied about with great earnestness reedom rom coercion and I can t believe we are still talking about this in 2017 No I am not going to go back and ight these arguments all over again We spent much of the twentieth century watching one insufficiently great man after another tell us they ve got our backs In the end after a lifetime of hard knocks we ind that no in The Portable Guidance Counselor: Answers to the 284 Most Important Questions About Getting Into College fact corporations took care of themselves and cared about us only insofar as we needed enough money to buy their product We discovered that corporations really needed rules and regulations to do the right thing because they defined their responsibility narrowly than we did After all they were responsible to shareholders not customers not citizens who give them space water energy raw materials I m tired of replaying this argument over and over because over and over we discover that corporations don t actually do the right thingchokengtitiktitikchokeng 20 If you have any comprehension of my philosophy at all you must know that one thing I standor above all else is Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin free trade throughout the world p 28 Ainal criticism has sometimes been called the inevitability thesis or the slippery slope argument Hayek is claimed to have said that once a society engages in a little planning it is doomed to end up in a totalitarian stateAny departure rom the practice of ree enterprise any joke that reason and science may be applied to the direction of economic activity any attempt at economic planning must lead us remorselessly to serfdom The historical analysis upon which this book depends amounts to nothing than extremely poor scholarship masuerading as thoughtful contrarianism Hayek s conflation of Nazism with Socialism merely because they have similar names in German is an example of stupidity on the level of mistaking the PATRIOT Act Bongology: n. The Art of Creating 35 of the World's Most Bongtastic Marijuana Ingestion Devices for patriotism or the Ministry of Peaceor peacefulness This distracting error is unfortunately the Design the Life You Love: A Guide to Thinking About Your Life Playfully and with Optimism foundation of the entirety of his argument His theory of authoritarianism consists of extrapolationsrom misplaced assumptions about Nazi Germany and disproven projections about the direction the US Britain are heading in the post war era His uaint economic theory tells us little about contemporary authoritarian regimes and even less about modern social democracy In sum don t bother Introduced by Chicago don Milty Friedman who assures us that the Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, and Sell Our Greatest Ideas free market is the only mechanism that has ever been discoveredor achieving participatory democracy xi Preach it Brother Milt So called collectivism had been burying purported individualism apparently in Padre Fred s 1944 analysis but was unexpectedly checked by the time of Frere Milt s semicentennial celebratory gala binge Fra Milt is pleased to report that Father Fred was dead wrong in his predictions that collectivist statism was taking over the UK mostly because central planning was sacrificed rather than individual liberty xiii ie parliamentary procedure kept the sky After You Drop Them Off: A Parent's Guide to Student Ministry fromalling but also because collectivism is mired in bureauc. 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 the principal proponent of libertarianism in the twentieth centuryOn the Share, Retweet, Repeat: Get Your Message Read and Spread first American edition of The Road to SerfdomOne of the most important books of our generation It restatesor our time the issue between liberty and authority with the power and rigor of reasoning with which John Stuart Mill stated the issue Minimalist Baker's Everyday Cooking: 101 Entirely Plant-based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes for his own generation in his great essay On Liberty It is an arresting call to all well intentioned planners and socialists to all those who are sincere democrats and liberals at heart to stop look and listen Henry Hazlitt New York Times Book Review September 1944In the negative part of Professor Hayek's thesis there is a great deal of truth It cannot be said too often at any rate it is not being said nearly often enough that collectivism is not inherently democratic but on the contrary gives to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inuisitors never dreamt of George Orwell Collected Essa. Complex that anyorm of *Centralised Planning Inevitably Introduces Inefficiencies *planning inevitably introduces inefficiencies the entire system This makes the whole system worse or everyone but since the planners benefit by keeping their own jobs regardless of the poor outcomes of their plans those inefficiencies compound People then are orced to accept products they do not want and this leads to urther distortions in the proper price signals within the system which then urther multiplies inefficiencies And because there is no way of seeing what a efficient system would look like outside the plan the plan is still held to be the most efficient organisation of the systemRather than planning a system based on the anarchy planning a system based on the anarchy economic activity based on the anarchy of economic activity the only system capable of meeting the needs of the whole of society and of producing She Weeps Each Time You're Born freedom at the same time Since there is no central planner individuals are able to understand the messages contained in the highly situated contexts they live within androm within the prices of good they observe and that means they are able to act in ways that meet their needs rom within those circumstances The system is self regulating because competition ultimately leads to a situation where the people who are most efficient and best at meeting the needs of those around them are the only people who will succeed The system also can only exist on increased reedom to the extent that Seven Days, Seven Dinners freedom can be euated with economic anarchy since any restriction on thisreedom will necessarily be imposed upon it A Northern Light from outside by the dreaded planners who we have already decided will lead us toascist communist collectivism Any individual may end up crushed under the driving wheel of progress in If You're Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas fact this is inevitable and necessaryor risk cannot be mitigated in the system without distorting the system as a whole And since competition is the engine of progress and competition means winners and losers then the economic euivalent of Darwinian natural selection is however regrettable inevitableThus Hayek presents his vision splendid of unfettered ree markets His expectation of course is that although some people will inevitably be crushed under oot overall most people will be better off under this system than under any other system capable of operating There are occasional nods to the benefits of democracy but it isn t at all clear how democracy can be exempt Anne Perrys Christmas Crimes (Christmas Stories, from also being seen as yet another collectivist project that undermines his radical individualism Thatcher s there is no society only individuals rings in your ears while reading this Certainly Hayek imposes stringent limitations upon democracy democracy clearly can t place any limits on the radicalree market he proposesPart of me wants to say that after our decades of living in lock step with Hayek s ideal of laissez aire capitalism and the gross ineuality that has produced and the ecological suicide we are gormlessly heading toward that perhaps some of those who yelled the loudest that radical White Water free market economics would lead to the promised land should be a little embarrassed now That certainly has not proven to be the case As Capitalist Realism makes all too clear the GFC only proved to hisollowers that Hayek s ideas were not implemented stringently enough And that is the beauty here Hayek s ideas are so over the top so utopian or dystopian rather that it is impossible The Slave Dancer for them to ever beully implemented even in Chile under a dictator and so there will always an escape clause Even after the Thatcher nightmare there was an escape clause that said if only his ideas had been consistently Special Agent followed I doubt we will move onrom these ideas any time soon they Sleep with the Fishes form a solid plank of our current received wisdom our axiomatic truths Those who benefitrom such ideas are rich beyond imagining and they hold so much power with their wealth that it isn t in the least bit clear to me how an opposition to these views would be possible to be sustained And so we will continue to march proudly over the cliff each in turn proclaiming our The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started theLongest War in American History freedom even as we begin our descent under the iron clad laws of gravity As someone or other much wiser than me once said it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism I guess therein lies Hayek s greatest legacy I tried to read this several times beginning back when I almost convinc. Of the Month Club distributed this condensation to than 600000 readers A perennial best seller the book has sold over a uarter of a million copies in the United States not including the British edition or the nearly twenty translations into such languages as German French Dutch Swedish and Japanese and not to mention the many underground editions produced in Eastern Europe before theall of the iron curtainAfter thirty two printings in the United States The Road to Serfdom has established itself alongside the works of Alexis de Tocueville John Stuart Mill and George Orwell or its timeless meditation on the relation between individual liberty and government authority This iftieth anniversary edition with a new introduction by Milton Friedman commemorates the enduring influence of The Road to Serfdom on the ever changing political and social climates of the twentieth century A World on Fire from the rise of socialism after World War II to the Reagan and Thatcher revolutions in the 1980s and the transitions in Eastern Europerom communism to capitalism in the 1990sF A Hayek. This book captures the rustration of classical liberals as opposed to modern liberals when they see collectivist policies enacted despite the overwhelming evidence that socialism brings about disastrous resultsHaving grown up and lived in Austria during World War I and later moving to Great Britain Hayek was particularly rustrated when he saw Britain and the United States making the same mistakes of the Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union Hayek argues that collectivism eventually leads to tyranny Central economic planning gives too much power to the government which essentially puts that power in the hands of a small group rather than "In Each IndividualMy Favorite Uote Democracy And "each individualMy avorite uote Democracy and have nothing in common but one word euality But notice the difference while democracy seeks euality in liberty socialism seeks euality in restraint and servitude Hayek s thesis is very pertinent today in that when the 100 ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate federal government does meddle too much with theree market it too much with the The Oxford New Greek Dictionary free market it problems and then those problems ironically are seen as theailing of the The Cello Suites : J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece free market and not the ineptitude of government I could be wrong but surely not even the greatestans of Hayek could believe this is a particularly nuanced book The central thesis is that everyone that disagrees with Hayek is either a totalitarian or someone who is inadvertently leading society down the road towards totalitarianism This doesn t only include Marxists and Fascists who Hayek euates as identical nor even members of the Labour party in Britain who might be considered The New Job Security fellow travellers but even many of the younger members of the Conservative party too You see what I mean about nuance then perhaps Not only is everyone else wrong but any differences between them are as nothing when compared with what binds them in common There literally can be no nuanceDecades later Maggie Thatcher wouldlung down a copy of Hayek s The Constitution of Liberty during a meeting with members of her party and yell This is what we believe It its of course Both held that there was no alternative and that any deviation rom the one true path inevitably leads to destruction and serfdom Freedom is somewhat oddly defined if there is ultimately only one available choiceThe later preference The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis fororced choices by radical The Jumbee free market types is perhaps one of the most potent current criticisms of this book Worth reading in this context is William Davies The Limits of Neoliberalism particularly in relation to Nudge theory As the book Nudge makes clear while it takesree market ideas very seriously it also believes that people might make better decisions if they were nudged towards them This ought to otherwise seem problematic if you really believed what Hayek says here You see central to his thesis is that such an understanding of what is best To Helvetica and Back for others isn t possible inact it is Simple Art of Greatness fundamentally impossible The thing that makes capitalism and radicalree market capitalism in particular such a Where the Heart Waits fantastic system is theact that experts are kept away rom decision about what might make the lives of others better It is hard to no think that Hayek would view these nudges as little than a urther step down the road to serfdomThere are infinitely better criticisms of this book than I m going to provide in this little review Some of those include Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste and Capitalist Realism Why I A Burglar's Guide to the City find this book particularly terrifying is that it really has a distasteful understanding of whatreedom means Freedom here is the elimination of every kind of safety net it means dog eat dog it means the war of all against each it means an almost ludicrous extreme of competition because only in this is the purity of individualism able to be assured Any restrictions on individualism is understood as inevitably leading to The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth fascismcommunismsocial democracy all of which are seen as basically identical he literally says as much here Society is understood as a kind of information exchange where money is the chieform of data and therefore money needs to be protected American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago from any distortion say imposed inflation since money or prices rather allow everyone in society to know which choices they should make that will best suit their needs The reason why anyorm of planning is ineffective and ultimately evil is because the whole system is so insanely. A classic work in political philosophy intellectual and cultural history and economics The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians scholars and general readers or half a century Originally published in England in the spring of 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 or 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 inevitably lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of nazi Germany and Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul fascist ItalyFirst published by the University of Chicago Press on September 18 1944 The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate attentionrom the public politicians and scholars alike The irst printing of 2000 copies was exhausted instantly and within six months than 30000 were sold In April of 1945 Reader's Digest published a condensed version of the book and soon thereafter the Book. 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