Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom" on Glenn Beck

by the Left Coast Rebel

I noticed that "The Road to Serfdom," the iconoclastic classic of economic liberty and all things centralized leading to eventual serfdom was high up on Google Trends.

Now that, is unusual.

It's because Glenn Beck is running a special series on Friedrich A. Hayek this week. So like Oprah, he mentions a book and and it becomes an instant hot topic and an Amazon sensation too.
Getting back to our roots that bind us, that's a good thing:



For anyone unitiated with "The Road to Serfdom" by F.A. Hayek, Amazon describes it as follows:

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.

6 comments:

  1. Free will on one end, slavery on the other.

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  2. I think this is going to be my next read after Bastiat's The Law.

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  3. I was born, raised and educated in the USSR, and I remember my absolute amazement when I read "Road to Serfdom" in 1990, when it was published in the Soviet journal. This is an amazing book, and it opened my eyes to the evil of socialism (the evils of communists were well known to me, since both my grandfathers and my grandmother were in Stalin's forced labor camps). I live in US now, and I seriously believe that Obama and the "liberals" are a real danger to our freedom. America is the last bastion of liberty, and there is no nowhere to run. We have no choice but to defend it.

    P.S. In case you are curious, I have a blog. Please check it out:
    http://hyphenatedamericans.blogspot.com/

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  4. >I think this is going to be my next read after Bastiat's The Law.

    I would recommend the entire Bastiat collection! (Not surprisingly.)

    Everyone should read Hayek (and Bastiat).

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  5. I own a copy of The Road to Serfdom - I bought it in 1990, and have read it three times since. I was just thinking the other day that I've not read it since 2002, and it might be time to read it again.

    One of the most trenchant passages in the book is in a footnote, when Hayek reminds the reader that in a speech "as late as 1942", Adolph Hitler stated that for all practical purposes, there were no differences between Marxism and National Socialism. Would that the hard leftists of today, who reasonably criticize the Nazis but unreasonably equate conservativism with Nazism, understood the closeness of the two, for the simple reason that many of them seem enamoured of Marxist ideology.

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  6. Also available in a nice simple cartoon version.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRQ3UcO5P8k

    Or you can ignore history and just repeat the class in slow motion.

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