“The Road to Serfdom (1944) – F.A. Hayek, Chapter 16 – Conclusion

  • The point of the book wasn’t to be a guide for a desirable future order of society. If it did so in the chapter on international affairs, it’s because that is necessary for the rest to happen. It’s doubtful a blue print for order is useful or even possible.
    • We need to agree on certain principles & free ourselves from the errors of the past. We must see that before the war, we needed to clear obstacles, to free ourselves of contemporary obscurantism that makes us think everything done recently has been wise or inevitable.
    • We have to have the courage to start over in our principles. Those who preach this “New Order” don’t have this courage & only want to imitate Hitler. They are the most under the sway of ideas that cause the war.
    • The young are right to distrust their elders who essentially caused the mess we’re in. But they ought not think the current ideas are liberal. We can’t return to the 19th century but we can realize its ideals.
    • 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 19th century.

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