The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
Text and Documents--The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2)

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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.With this new edition, The Road to Serfdom takes its place in the series The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek. The volume 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 ranging from prepublication reports on the initial manuscript to forewords to earlier editions by John Chamberlain, 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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F. A. Hayek (1899–1992), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and cowinner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a leading proponent of classical liberalism in the twentieth century. Hansjoerg Klausinger is associate professor in the Department of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
Published October 22, 2010 by University of Chicago Press. 298 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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From the grave, one of the most honored economists of the 20th century warns America - and all of Western civilization - to be wary of the mirage-like temptations offered by so-called "democratic socialism." While many regimes have fallen for socialism's false promises, Friedrich A. Hayek lived t...

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In only one of several important points made by Per Bylund in “The Modern Welfare State,” a study of Sweden as the paradigm of the nation-state as benevolent provider, the author notes: “This generation is now the demanding parents of young children, who are also brought up primarily in public da...

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This morning on the Glenn Beck radio program, Beck referenced a comic strip originally published in 1945 titled “The Road to Serfdom In Cartoons,” which begins as follows (images courtesy of ZeroHedge/Mises):.

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American Diplomacy

As Hayek notes, economic freedom, not democracy alone, is the ultimate protector of human freedom.

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