When it Comes to Washington DC and ObamaCare, one Hayek Quote to Rule Them All

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By the Left Coast Rebel

Simple genius taken from Friedrich Hayek's "The Constitution of Liberty":

Not only is liberty a system under which all government action is guided by principles, but it is an ideal that will not be preserved unless it is itself accepted as an overriding principle governing all particular acts of legislation. Where no such fundamental rule is stubbornly adhered to as an ultimate ideal about which there must be no compromise for the sake of material advantages—as an ideal which, even though it may have to be temporarily infringed during a passing emergency, must form the basis of all permanent arrangements—freedom is almost certain to be destroyed by piecemeal encroachments. For in each particular instance it will be possible to promise concrete and tangible advantages as the result of a curtailment of freedom, while the benefits sacrificed will in their nature always be unknown and uncertain.

One could reasonably argue that there would be no Supreme Court ObamaCare case today if Hayek's simple wisdom was followed, even partially.

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Writes Andrew Klavan, whom I shamelessly stole the the Hayek quote from...

In other words, there’s always a good reason to take your freedom away — your health, the poor, your evil opinions, the lousy way you raise your kids — and never a reason to preserve freedom except the love of freedom itself. Thus, so often, the people destroying the American way of life are actually nice people who just want to help.



  1. Thanks for the link!

    I was showing The Road to Serfdom to a couple young men from Las Vegas on a plane ride last friday. They were amazed, stunned and shocked.

    It is unclear if the content was the stunner or the fact that "some white guy" took the time to discuss the subject.

    1. You're welcome. I'm thinking both? I tip my hat to you for being bold in public; I do the same when the chance comes up :)

    2. I almost handed the book over to the two young black men, but it had all my notes and highlights from years gone by. In retrospect, I should have.

    3. My revealing factor in public: I personally use the name of Sarah Palin in casual conversation with strangers just to watch their reactions. It's a sure "tell" to see if the person I am speaking with is savvy or not.

      I'm not a fan of Palin, but she sure makes for a great litmus test.


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