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.