Barack Obama Has America Turning to Hayek

Since the beginning of the Obama administration, thousands of Americans have picked up copy of F. A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom and are reading it for the first time  — or they’re digging out a dusty old copy and they’re re-reading it for the first time in ages.  Chance at rightofcourse is doing it.  So is Mark at DEPT HAWKGlenn Beck is doing it.  And so is Lynnae.  And they are not alone.

If you’re doing it to, I’d like to hear from you.

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5 Responses to Barack Obama Has America Turning to Hayek

  1. W.M. says:

    I picked up a copy of Road to Serfdom, but haven’t finished it yet. However, I also picked up Constitution of Liberty and read it this Spring. To say “it changed my life” seems a bit dramatic, but isn’t too far off the mark.

  2. Dear Sir, I am presently reading Road to Serfdom and wonder why I have not known of this book before. It has me delving into the true meaning of labels and words, whose definition I once presumed to understand and the exercise is a nothing less than revelational. Many years ago I had the good fortune to live the carefree life of a young artist in the French Quarter of New Orleans. There I was confronted with the mind set we call Liberalism today but which Hayek’s work defines with more precision. In my artistic profession one is very likely to find the passionate advocates of collectivists utopia but from that early experience their true nature was patently clear to me. The blatant conflict between their espoused philosophy and the oddly contrary means of it’s application, the actuality of their coercive, arrogant spirit in blazing contrast to their proclamations of love, compassion and peace has kept me perplexed for these many years and it has kept me an ardent proponent of individualism. I have seen the ‘collective’ and it ain’t pretty. In Hayek’s work, already there has been much clarified. I will savor the rest of the book and seek more from him.

  3. ian says:

    I’ve recently picked up an old copy I had laying around, it’s been a great pleasure reading through the dusty tome. I think I found my old treasure after Obama announced the industrial takeover of the tobacco corporations by the FDA. This is about the time that living became impractical due to the overwhelming cost of my nicotine habit. The only solution: learn to grow and cure tobacco. Yay industrious virtue.

    I’ve always found, from reading Hayek and other like minds, that I’ve a natural tendency towards that type of thinking simply by virtue of the migraine I get when dealing with well meaning government programs that require mandatory participation by all members of society, and coerce cooperation by equal portions of society.

  4. J. Christian says:

    I just picked up a copy of the Road to Serfdom along with Paul Rahe’s Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift. Although, I’m juggling both I have found both totally engrossing.

  5. Maggie Hoffmann says:

    I too have recently picked up a copy of The Road to Serfdom. I am a college student and have never been exposed to Hayek’s work. It is slow going, because I am trying to understand his economic language. However, as a student of history the most exciting thing I’ve encountered is how we can apply Hayek’s theories to our world today. I think Hayek should be mandatory reading for students in college. I understand why I am a “liberal” much more today than I ever have before.

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