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The Road to Serfdom

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A 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 England in the spring of 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 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 18, 1944, The Road to Serfdom garnered immediate attention from the public, politicians, and scholars alike. The first printing of 2,000 copies was exhausted instantly, and within six months more than 30,000 were sold. In April of 1945, Reader's Digest published a condensed version of the book, and soon thereafter the Book-of-the-Month Club distributed this condensation to more than 600,000 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, The Road to Serfdom 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 The Road to Serfdom 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 1980s and the transitions in Eastern Europe from communism to capitalism in the 1990s.

F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), recipient of the Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism in the twentieth century.

On the first American edition of The Road to Serfdom:

"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 On Liberty. . . . 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, New York Times Book Review, September 1944

"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, Collected Essays

About the Author

F. A. Hayek (1899–1992), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and co-winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974, was a pioneer in monetary theory and a leading proponent of classical liberalism in the twentieth century. He taught at the University of London, the University of Chicago, and the University of Freiburg.

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Milton Friedman

Preface to the 1976 Reprint Edition

Preface to the 1956 Paperback Edition

Preface to the 1944 Edition

Introduction

1. The Abandoned Road

2. The Great Utopia

3. Individualism and Collectivism

4. The "Inevitability" of Planning

5. Planning and Democracy

6. Planning and the Rule of Law

7. Economic Control and Totalitarianism

8. Who, Whom?

9. Security and Freedom

10. Why the Worst Get on Top

11. The End of Truth

12. The Socialist Roots of Nazism

13. The Totalitarians in Our Midst

14. Material Conditions and Ideal Ends

15. The Prospects of International Order

16. Conclusion

Bibliographical Note

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226320618
Introduction:
Friedman, Milton
Author:
Friedman, Milton
Author:
Hayek, Friedrich A. Von
Author:
Hayek, F. A.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Economic Policy
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Totalitarianism
Subject:
Serfdom
Subject:
Development - Economic Development
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
50
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
92-13
Publication Date:
19941015
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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