A Cup of Hayek for Joe Scarborough

Served up by Nick Gillespie:

Scarborough dedicates his book “to conservatives of all parties,” in homage to the Nobel Prize-­winning economist Friedrich Hayek, whose 1944 book, “The Road to Serfdom,” was dedicated “to the socialists of all parties.” If he were interested in pointing out a truly different direction, Scarborough would have done well to grok more Hayek and less McLachlan. In the essay “Why I Am Not a Conservative,” Hayek noted that conservatism is a reactionary impulse that “by its very nature cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving.” At most, Hayek said, it might succeed in “slowing down undesirable developments.”

Instead, Hayek pushed a decentralist, libertarian line because he believed that none of us has a monopoly on truth or knowledge, and that “to live and work successfully with others requires . . . an intellectual commitment to a type of order in which . . . others are allowed to pursue different ends.” In such thoughts is the beginning of a very different political program and, not coincidentally, one that might go much farther in restoring “America’s promise” than supporting “increased funding for school lunch programs by 4 percent instead of 6 percent.”

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