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  • By giving the government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal; and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.

  • Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life that can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends.

    Mean   Economic   Ends  
    Ludwig Von Mises (2008). “Planning for Freedom: Let the Market System Work : a Collection of Essays and Addresses”
  • Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.

    Wisdom   Freedom   Mean  
    Lord Acton (2016). “The History of Freedom: Great Event”, p.19, VM eBooks
  • The Road To Serfdom was written during WWII, and basically it's an anti-Nazi, anti-communist thing, but also it's an anti-Conservative and anti-Labor-party thing aimed at the British. He was an Austrian, writing in Britain. And I feel like now, I guess, everybody pays lip service to libertarian - and, indeed, many conservative - ideas, and yet they keep moving forward with an increasingly bureaucratic state. It shows itself in all sorts of little ways.

    Party   Moving   Writing  
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  • The power which a multiple millionaire, who may be my neighbor and perhaps my employer, has over me is very much less than that which the smallest "functionaire" possesses who wields the coercive power of the state, and on whose desecration it depends whether and how I am allowed to live or to work.

  • Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

    "Discours prononcé à l'assemblée constituante le 12 Septembre 1848 sur la question du droit au travail". Oeuvres complètes, Volume IX, p. 546, 1866.
  • In any society freedom of thought will probably be of direct significance for a small minority. But this does not mean that anyone is competent, or ought to have power, to select those to whom this freedom is to be reserved.

    Mean   Doe   Minorities  
  • Morally and philosophically I find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it: and not only in agreement with it, but in deeply moved agreement.

    "The Collected Writings of John Maynard Keynes". Book by John Maynard Keynes, 1980.
  • The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule.

    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek, Ch. 10 : Why The Worst Get On Top, 1940 - 1943.
  • Once you admit that the individual is merely a means to serve the ends of the higher entity called society or the nation, most of those features of totalitarianism which horrify us follow of necessity

    Mean   Individual   Ends  
  • Economic control is not merely control of a sector of human life which can be separated from the rest; it is the control of the means for all our ends. And whoever has sole control of the means must also determine which ends are to be served, which values are to be rates higher and which lower, in short, what men should believe and strive for.

    Believe   Mean   Men  
    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek, Ch. 7 : Economic Control and Totalitarianism, 1940 - 1943.
  • The more the state "plans" the more difficult planning becomes for the individual.

    1944 The Road to Serfdom.
  • If most people are not willing to see the difficulty, this is mainly because, consciously or unconsciously, they assume that it will be they who will settle these questions for the others, and because they are convinced of their own capacity to do this.

    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich von Hayek, Ch. 15 : The Prospects of International Order, 1940 - 1943.
  • But Friedman seemed to share Friedrich Hayek's extreme and inaccurate view that socialism of the sort that Britain embraced under the old Labour Party was incompatible with democracy, and I don't think that there is a good theoretical or empirical basis for that view. The Road to Serfdom flunks the test of accuracy of prediction!

    Party   Thinking   Views  
  • Socialism can only be put into practice only by methods which most socialists disapprove.

  • It is a mark of how far we have gone on the road to serfdom that government allocation and rationing of oil is the automatic response to the oil crisis.

    Government   Oil   Gone  
  • Two-thirds of a century after [The Road to Serfdom] got written, hindsight confirms how inaccurate its innuendo about the future turned out to be.

    Two   Hindsight   Century  
  • We shall all be the gainers if we can create a world fit for small states to live in.

    World   Fit   States  
    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek, Ch. 15 : The Prospects of International Order, 1940 - 1943.
  • Ever read any [Friedrich] Hayek? He's great. The Road To Serfdom is like... I'm not a big political-science reader, but I actually dog-eared my copy. I ended up going back through it and writing a précis, I was so impressed by this book. It's all about what happens when government tries to make everything right.

    Dog   Book   Writing  
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  • It seems to be almost a law of human nature that it is easier for people to agree on a negative program - on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off - than on any positive task.

    Law   People   Envy  
  • The guiding principle that a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy remains as true today as it was in the nineteenth century.

    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek. Chapter 16: "Conclusion", 1944.
  • It is one of the most fatal illusions that, by substituting negotiations between states or organized groups for competition for markets or for raw materials, international friction would be reduced. This would merely put a contest of force in the place of what can only metaphorically be called the "struggle" of competition and would transfer to powerful and armed states, subject to no superior law, the rivalries which between individuals had to be decided without recourse to force.

    Powerful   Struggle   Law  
    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek, Ch. 15 : The Prospects of International Order, 1940 - 1943.
  • If, of course, one builds into the concept of an 'individual' all that Professor Hayek does in his Road To Serfdom, Individualism and Economic Order and many other works, which is, to put it briefly, the whole of laisser-faire economic theory, then plainly man as such a programmed predator has very little interest in being fraternal, or very little chance.

    Men   Order   Doe  
    Bernard Crick (1993). “In Defense of Politics”, p.234, University of Chicago Press
  • From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step.

    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek. Chapter 4: "The 'Inevitability' of Planning", 1944.
  • ...in the negative part of Professor's 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, Ian Angus, Sheila Davison (1998). “The Complete Works of George Orwell: I have tried to tell the truth, 1943-1944”
  • We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.

    Stupid   Done   Foolish  
    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Front Cover Friedrich August Hayek, 1944.
  • What our generation has forgotten is that the system of private property is the most important guarantee of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not. It is only because the control of the means of production is divided among many people acting independently that nobody has complete power over us, that we as individuals can decide what to do with ourselves.

    "The Road to Serfdom". Book by Friedrich Hayek, Ch. 7 : Economic Control and Totalitarianism, 1940 - 1943.
  • Where the sole employer is the state, [opposition] means death by slow starvation.

    Mean   States   Sole  
    "The Revolution Betrayed: What Is the Soviet Union and Where Is It Going?"by Leon Trotsky, translated by Max Eastman, (ch. 11), 1936.
  • The system of private property is the most important guaranty of freedom, not only for those who own property, but scarcely less for those who do not.

  • . . I think the Adam Smith role was played in this cycle i.e. the late twentieth century collapse of socialism in which the idea of free-markets succeeded first, and then special events catalyzed a complete change of socio-political policy in countries around the world by Friedrich Hayek's The Road to Serfdom.

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