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Title:The Road to Serfdom
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Friedrich A. Hayek
Publisher:University Of Chicago Press
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Number of Pages:274
Category:Economics, Politics, Non fiction, History, Philosophy, Classics

The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Road to Serfdom A classic work in political philosophy intellectual and cultural history and economics i The Road to Serfdom i has inspired and infuriated politicians scholars and general readers for half a century Originally published in England in the spring of when Eleanor Roosevelt supported the efforts of Stalin and Albert Einstein subscribed lock stock and barrel to the socialist program i The Road to Serfdom i 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 inevitably 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 i The Road to Serfdom i garnered immediate attention from the public politicians and scholars alike The first printing of copies was exhausted instantly and within six months more than were sold In April of i Reader s Digest i published a condensed version of the book and soon thereafter the Book of the Month Club distributed this condensation to more than readers A perennial best seller the book has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the United States not including the British edition or the nearly twenty translations into such languages as German French Dutch Swedish and Japanese and not to mention the many underground editions produced in Eastern Europe before the fall of the iron curtain .

After thirty two printings in the United States i The Road to Serfdom i has established itself alongside the works of Alexis de Tocqueville John Stuart Mill and George Orwell for its timeless meditation on the relation between individual liberty and government authority This fiftieth anniversary edition with a new introduction by Milton Friedman commemorates the enduring influence of i The Road to Serfdom i on the ever changing political and social climates of the twentieth century from the rise of socialism after World War II to the Reagan and Thatcher revolutions in the s and the transitions in Eastern Europe from communism to capitalism in the s .

F A Hayek recipient of the Medal of Freedom in and co winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism in the twentieth century .

On the first American edition of i The Road to Serfdom i One of the most important books of our generation It restates for our time the issue between liberty and authority with the power and rigor of reasoning with which John Stuart Mill stated the issue for his own generation in his great essay i On Liberty i It is an arresting call to all well intentioned planners and socialists to all those who are sincere democrats and liberals at heart to stop look and listen Henry Hazlitt i New York Times Book Review i September .

In the negative part of Professor Hayek s thesis there is a great deal of truth It cannot be said too often at any rate it is not being said nearly often enough that collectivism is not inherently democratic but on the contrary gives to a tyrannical minority such powers as the Spanish Inquisitors never dreamt of George Orwell i Collected Essays i

The Road to Serfdom, Capitalism and the Historians, The Use of Knowledge in Society, The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism, The Mirage of Social Justice, The Counter-Revolution of Science, The Constitution of Liberty, The Political Order of a Free People, Rules and Order, Individualism and Economic Order