By F.A. Hayek.
'This book should be read by everybody. It is no use saying that there are a great many people who are not interested in politics; the political issue discussed by [the author] concerns every single member of the community: it is the problem of freedom in a planned society. According to [the author], the moment we pass from arrangements to ensure "security against severe physical privation", and the provision of those services which cannot be provided by competition, to any attempt to establish "a central direction of all economic activity according to a single plan, laying down how the resources of society should be consciously directed to serve particular ends in a definite way", our liberty is gone.' - Listener...Continua
Like Ayn Rand, Hayek used his personal experiences to sound the alarm against creeping government take-over of the individual. He disabuses the reader of the falsehood that Communism and Fascism were polar opposites. Both were anti-democratic, anti-capitalist, "planned" economies rooted deeply in Marxism. While intended as a warning primarily to his adopted Great Britain, it's chilling how he accurately foresaw so much of what is currently going on within the United States. My copy is now so heavily underlined and marked-up in the margins it's frightening....Continua