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THE ROAD TO SERFDOM
Reader's Digest, April 1945 edition ^ | 1945 | FRIEDRICH A. HAYEK

Posted on 03/06/2008 8:00:03 PM PST by ScratInTheHat

There is, in a competitive society, nobody who can exercise even a fraction of the power which a socialist planning board would posses...Who can seriously doubt that the power which a millionaire, who may be my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest bureaucrat possesses who wields the coercive power of the state and on whose discretion it depends how I am allowed to live and work? ... Our generation has forgotten that the system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom. It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves. When all the means of production are vested in a single hand, whether it be nominally that of 'society' as a whole or that of a dictator, whoever exercises this control has complete power over us.

To many who have watched the transition from socialism to fascism at close quarters the connection between the two systems has become increasingly obvious, but in the democracies the majority of people still believe that socialism and freedom can be combined. They do not realize that democratic socialism, the great utopia of the last few generations, is not only unachievable, but that to strive for it produces something utterly different - the very destruction of freedom itself. As has been aptly said: 'What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven. ... 'Conservative socialism' (todays liberal) was the slogan under which a large number of writers prepared the atmosphere in which National Socialism succeeded.

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KEYWORDS: conservative; hayek; liberal; serfdom
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It's amazing how as much as things change they stay the same.

Sending out a call to all Democrats to READ THIS PIECE!

1 posted on 03/06/2008 8:00:03 PM PST by ScratInTheHat
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To: ScratInTheHat

Can dems read? ;)


2 posted on 03/06/2008 8:00:36 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: ScratInTheHat

Second best political economy book in history, right behind “Free To Choose.”


3 posted on 03/06/2008 8:01:47 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (New York Times Endorsed!!!)
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To: ScratInTheHat

BTTT


4 posted on 03/06/2008 8:03:30 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: ScratInTheHat

They read. They just use it as instructions on how to create a serfdom.


5 posted on 03/06/2008 8:07:59 PM PST by alecqss
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To: ScratInTheHat
The Road to Serfdom

But won't there be an endless summer?

6 posted on 03/06/2008 8:08:19 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (dehumanize: the model prescribes the required behavior. disincentives ensure compliance.)
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To: ScratInTheHat

…I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means.—I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. There is no country in the world [but England] where so many provisions are established for them; so many hospitals to receive them when they are sick or lame, founded and maintained by voluntary charities; so many alms-houses for the aged of both sexes, together with a solemn general law made by the rich to subject their estates to a heavy tax for the support of the poor. Under all these obligations, are our poor modest, humble, and thankful; and do they use their best endeavours to maintain themselves, and lighten our shoulders of this burthen?—On the contrary, I affirm that there is no country in the world in which the poor are more idle, dissolute, drunken, and insolent. The day you passed that act, you took away from before their eyes the greatest of all inducements to industry, frugality, and sobriety, by giving them a dependence on somewhat else than a careful accumulation during youth and health, for support in age or sickness. In short, you offered a premium for the encouragement of idleness, and you should not now wonder that it has had its effect in the increase of poverty. Repeal that law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday, and St. Tuesday, will cease to be holidays. SIX days shalt thou labour, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them.

—Benjamin Franklin


7 posted on 03/06/2008 8:09:06 PM PST by MarkeyD (Just another country bumpkin looking forward to Fred!)
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To: MarkeyD

Glenn Beck talked about this and some Lib called him a lair.

He said show me the quote from Franklin! LOL


8 posted on 03/06/2008 8:14:42 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: ScratInTheHat
... 'Conservative socialism'... has a nice ring to it, similar to "Compassionate Conservatism" ...
9 posted on 03/06/2008 8:15:58 PM PST by Ken522
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To: ScratInTheHat

OK, you got me :) I heard it on Beck today too, so I looked it up. But I thought it was apropos.


10 posted on 03/06/2008 8:17:25 PM PST by MarkeyD (Just another country bumpkin looking forward to Fred!)
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To: Travis McGee; TigerLikesRooster

ping


11 posted on 03/06/2008 8:17:30 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: ScratInTheHat
Sending out a call to all Democrats to READ THIS PIECE!

I doubt it'd make any difference. Democrats lack the insight to see themselves in anything that damns their neo-socialist tyranny.

12 posted on 03/06/2008 8:17:48 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: ScratInTheHat
Glenn Beck talked about this and some Lib called him a lair.

That's cold-blooded.

13 posted on 03/06/2008 8:20:28 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (dehumanize: the model prescribes the required behavior. disincentives ensure compliance.)
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To: ScratInTheHat

“Road to Serfdom,” required reading.


14 posted on 03/06/2008 8:21:33 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: Ken522; ScratInTheHat
[ ... 'Conservative socialism'... has a nice ring to it, similar to "Compassionate Conservatism" ...]

Also; Socialism capitalized.. or the Capitalization of socialism..
You know, like in China, and Russia.. and Europe, and England, and Canada...

AND soon to be in the United States..

15 posted on 03/06/2008 8:22:09 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: ScratInTheHat

Thanks very much for posting. Belated WELCOME ABOARD!

Bump for morning read with a good cup of coffee.


16 posted on 03/06/2008 8:24:30 PM PST by PGalt
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To: ScratInTheHat

bookmark


17 posted on 03/06/2008 8:27:12 PM PST by american colleen
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To: ScratInTheHat

Business councils have been around for a very long time, as have unions and the like.


18 posted on 03/06/2008 8:27:45 PM PST by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt), '89-'96, Duncan Hunter or no-vote)
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To: ScratInTheHat
There is, in a competitive society, nobody who can exercise even a fraction of the power which a socialist planning board would posses...Who can seriously doubt that the power which a millionaire, who may be my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest bureaucrat possesses who wields the coercive power of the state and on whose discretion it depends how I am allowed to live and work?

Should be posted on the wall of every schoolroom in the U.S. No, the world. Will it? LOLOLOL.

19 posted on 03/06/2008 8:28:48 PM PST by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: MarkeyD
Democrats used to believe this, too. Guessing that it changed after the 60s.

Probably has something to do with buying votes. Even the Republicans are doing it.

20 posted on 03/06/2008 8:31:32 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: ScratInTheHat
BTW - Olasky’s “The Tragedy of American Compassion” is well worth the read. And I second Friedman's “Freedom to Choose” which is what made me cross over from liberalism (feelings) to conservatism (common sense) when I was in my early 20s.
21 posted on 03/06/2008 8:31:36 PM PST by american colleen
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To: ScratInTheHat

mark


22 posted on 03/06/2008 8:45:32 PM PST by libbylu (I voted for Nixon,Ford,Reagan,Bush,Dole,Bush. NO WAY MCCAIN.)
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To: Sam Cree

Another book that links great minds.

http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/3492461.html

The Courage of Friedrich Hayek

By William F. Buckley Jr.

As we look back on the excitement caused by the publication of Friedrich Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, we wonder how it could have happened. It is a tribute to him, and to his small book, that we should be able to say this. The principal theses of the book are by now so very well known, even if they are not by any means universally accepted, that they appear almost self-evident.


23 posted on 03/06/2008 9:00:30 PM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: Perdogg

Bump.


24 posted on 03/06/2008 9:06:25 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Sam Cree

““Road to Serfdom,” required reading.”

Yes for sure...this is one of the books that I make sure I read EVERY year and every time I read it I find more nuggets of truth and insight into the insanity called “socialism.”


25 posted on 03/06/2008 9:06:45 PM PST by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: american colleen

How did I know you must be from Mass. just by your screen name American Colleen. It means American Girl in English.
Good for you, honey and keep thinking for yourself.


26 posted on 03/06/2008 9:24:09 PM PST by KPfromDerryNH (Hillary Clinton is a traitor to the ideals of feminism.)
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To: ScratInTheHat

ping for later


27 posted on 03/06/2008 9:25:19 PM PST by jim-x (God help America survive its enemies within.)
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To: ScratInTheHat

This book should be read alongside C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man. These are both two of the best, most prescient books I’ve ever read.


28 posted on 03/06/2008 9:45:42 PM PST by aruanan
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To: ScratInTheHat

Bookmark


29 posted on 03/06/2008 11:00:34 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Refusing to calm down since the Waco massacre.)
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To: wintertime

ping


30 posted on 03/07/2008 12:39:53 AM PST by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: ScratInTheHat
This book changed me completely, helping to understand what was going on in my country, Spain.

A must read.

There are two more books that develop the same issue from a further technical point of view (not so easy to read):

Ludwig Von Mises' (Hayek's teacher): Omnipotent Government, The Rise of the Total State and Total War

Gotz Aly's: Hitler's "Volk"-State: Plunder, Racial War and National Socialism
31 posted on 03/07/2008 12:54:37 AM PST by J Aguilar (Veritas vos liberabit)
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To: ScratInTheHat

This piece is currently lying on the staircase bannister five feet to my left. It should be required reading in every senior high school in the country. Before the little ignoramuses get to college.


32 posted on 03/07/2008 1:22:33 AM PST by driftless2
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To: the invisib1e hand
Glenn Beck talked about this and some Lib called him a lair.

Lair, lair, pants on fair!

33 posted on 03/07/2008 2:55:33 AM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: ScratInTheHat

The socialist have all the Sheeple. We are doomed.


34 posted on 03/07/2008 2:57:58 AM PST by bmwcyle (I am the watchman on the tower sounding the alarm.)
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To: ScratInTheHat
This does not mean that the majority of people have low moral standards; it merely means that the largest group of people whose values are very similar are the people with low standards.

The secret of the Democratic Party.

35 posted on 03/07/2008 5:08:29 AM PST by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: ScratInTheHat

Heck, the Republicans need to read it as badly as the Dems. Have you read some of the idiotic comments here lately?


36 posted on 03/07/2008 5:09:42 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: ScratInTheHat

Thanks for the recommendation; I’ll have to acquire Buckley’s book.

I suppose the principle theses of RTS are well known by now by many of us, OTOH, even the majority here on FR don’t seem that well versed or accepting of them. I have no doubt also that as a nation we continue to move leftward.

I agree about them being self evident, though.

Reagan and Thatcher were followers of Hayek, interestingly, and as you probably already know.

Thanks for the original post, btw.


37 posted on 03/07/2008 9:23:09 AM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: Towed_Jumper
"...this is one of the books that I make sure I read EVERY year and every time I read it I find more nuggets of truth and insight into the insanity called “socialism.”

I'm just rereading RTS again myself - I think it's more inspiring this time than when I first read it some 10 years ago. Also gave a copy to my 25 year old daughter, who wanted to know my thoughts on politics.

38 posted on 03/07/2008 9:26:04 AM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: Sam Cree

should say “even more inspiring”


39 posted on 03/07/2008 9:31:36 AM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: ovrtaxt
Heck, the Republicans need to read it as badly as the Dems. Have you read some of the idiotic comments here lately?

I agree

But then again how many conservatives even claim to be republican now?

The Bush, Lott, Graham, etc. line of thought lost me a while back. It's like getting that bag of nuts (no pun intended here, well maybe a little LOL) and as you eat them you hit so many that are bad you just toss the whole pack away.

We just need a new bag of nuts! (OK the pun boomeranged on me and I couldn't resist LOL)

40 posted on 03/07/2008 9:40:18 AM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: ovrtaxt

I forgot!

Did you see that cartoon with a bunch of Rhinos (RINOS) under a coat with an elephant head on it?

The sad state of the party just kills me right now!


41 posted on 03/07/2008 9:44:15 AM PST by ScratInTheHat (Don't like my immigration stance? I'm dyslexic. PC keeps sounding like BS to me!)
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To: ScratInTheHat

Missed the cartoon, got the testosterone reference! lol


42 posted on 03/07/2008 4:33:46 PM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: ovrtaxt
That was my first thought on starting to read this thread and not seeing it expressed until your post. Glad you did, even if it's not exactly PC to say so.

The most important chapter in R2S is the one called "Why the Worst Get on Top." It blows away the myth that if we just had the right people in charge, everything would run like clockwork in a nationalized economy.

Won't happen, because the Evil Ones invariably displace the do-gooders.

Rather than wasting precious time trying to put "good people" at the monster machine's controls, we need to disable the controls and/or destroy the machine. We need to do everything possible to make a U-turn once that fateful road Hayek describes is taken. Not go slower, not apply the brakes, but turn plumb around and head back.

43 posted on 03/07/2008 4:58:59 PM PST by logician2u
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To: ScratInTheHat
But then again how many conservatives even claim to be republican now?

Did you mean for that to be phrased the other way around, i.e., how many Republicans claim to be conservative?

Offhand, I'd guess there's more of them than there were a few years ago. Whether that means anything is open to debate, though, since "conservative" has come to mean "Bushbot" to much of the world at large.

44 posted on 03/07/2008 5:10:39 PM PST by logician2u
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To: Sam Cree

Why read, we are there already.


45 posted on 03/07/2008 5:25:58 PM PST by mulligan
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To: ScratInTheHat

Great post.

One of my favorite reads of all time.

My favorite three:

Bible
Road to Serfdom
Reagan: Role of a Lifetime


46 posted on 03/08/2008 3:06:01 AM PST by rbmillerjr ("bigger government means constricting freedom"....................RWR)
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To: hosepipe
AND soon to be in the United States..

Globalism -Socialism in a business suit.

47 posted on 03/08/2008 3:11:43 AM PST by roamer_1 (Conservative always, Republican no more.)
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To: ScratInTheHat

bookmark for later


48 posted on 03/08/2008 3:14:33 AM PST by GiovannaNicoletta (<SO)
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To: logician2u

Or create a new place where the machine doesn’t yet exist.

I don’t know if it’s possible anymore though. The planet has become much smaller.


49 posted on 03/08/2008 4:31:19 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Member of the irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.)
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To: ScratInTheHat
Sending out a call to all Democrats to READ THIS PIECE!

You can lead a jackass to the water, but you can't make him drink.

5.56mm

50 posted on 03/08/2008 4:37:23 AM PST by M Kehoe
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