hayek the road to serfdom pdf

Hayek The Road To Serfdom Pdf

The Road to Serfdom is an intellectual attack on socialism. Hayek's main message was that central planning and public ownership would lead slowly but inevitably to totalitarianism. Written in the midst of a titanic struggle against Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, the book offended many because it suggested that the intellectual influences in Germany were also present in Britain and the United States, and if unchecked would lead to totalitarian societies in those countries as well. The tract was part of an ongoing debate in Britain on postwar arrangements for organizing the economy and society and was received as such there, leading to alterations in the program of the Labour government of It had a more dramatic impact in the United States, where some American liberals charged Hayek with being hopelessly reactionary, while some conservatives embraced him as a kindred spirit and intellectual champion.

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