glyph 62: book, politics, economics ... consequences of growth of the state . the danger of using commands and compulsion vs. voluntary negotiation and exchange as the fundamental way of coping with problems . the book is dedicated to "the socialists of all parties"


The Road to Serfdom, by F. A. Hayek

why the continual expansion of the state endangers liberty

Henry Hazlitt, in the New York Times Book Review:

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.

From the Catalog of Laissez-Faire Books:

The center of acute controversy when originally published in 1944, Hayek's argument, firmly based on the principles of nineteenth-century liberalism, remains of great and perhaps heightened relevance today. Hayek holds that the extended collectivism toward which free nations are gradually moving is incompatible with democracy; that social planning, as interpreted today, may eventually destroy all individual freedom, political no less than economic.

"The Publication History of The Road to Serfdom," excerpted from Bruce Caldwell's introduction to The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents—The Definitive Edition by F. A. Hayek •••

Table of Contents:


  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 Naziism
 13. The Totalitarians in Our Midst
 14. Material Conditions and Ideal Ends
 15. The Prospects of International Order
 16. Conclusion

Does the Scandinavian economic model disprove Hayek's assertion that planned economies lead to totalitarianism? •••

Lord Robert Skidelsky's "Hayek Lecture," June 14, 2006, delivered at the Manhattan Institute •••

Reader's Digest condensed version, April 1945 (done at the recommendation of Max Eastman), including the (later appended) cartoon version •••

Hayek's The Road to Serfdom - Lawrence H. White, January 2017

The Ludwig Mises Institute provides the "Illustrated Road to Serfdom" (the cartoon version, first published by General Motors) on a single web page without additional text.

The Road to Serfdom, in Cartoons
entered before July 9, 2006; edited/updated August 6, 2019

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