Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Road to Serfdom - In Cartoons

H/T Fort Liberty - Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich Hayek’s book The Road to Serfdom is required reading for any serious student of liberty.Hayek’s warnings are very timely, as they seem to describe quite well the events we are currently seeing in the American political system.

The folks at have placed a copy of The Road to Serfdom - In Cartoons on their web site. This effort makes The Road to Serfdom approachable to audiences of all ages and intellectual background.

The Road to Serfdom is a chilling guide to the descent of a free nation into a totalitarian socialist dictatorship. If enough free men and women read this great work we may be able to prevent this fall in our time.Please, send this cartoon to your friends and family. It will educate them on the great dangers we face and may interest them enough to read the entire book.

About The Road to Serfdom: Wikipedia

Hayek’s central thesis is that all forms of collectivism lead logically and inevitably to tyranny, and he used the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany as examples of countries which had gone down “the road to serfdom” and reached tyranny. Hayek argued that within a centrally planned economic system, the distribution and allocation of all resources and goods would devolve onto a small group, which would be incapable of processing all the information pertinent to the appropriate distribution of the resources and goods at the central planners’ disposal. Disagreement about the practical implementation of any economic plan combined with the inadequacy of the central planners’ resource management would invariably necessitate coercion in order for anything to be achieved.

Hayek further argued that the failure of central planning would be perceived by the public as an absence of sufficient power by the state to implement an otherwise good idea. Such a perception would lead the public to vote more power to the state, and would assist the rise to power of a “strong man” perceived to be capable of “getting the job done”. After these developments Hayek argued that a country would be ineluctably driven into outright totalitarianism. For Hayek “the road to serfdom” inadvertently set upon by central planning, with its dismantling of the free market system, ends in the destruction of all individual economic and personal freedom.

Hayek argued that countries such as the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany had already gone down the "road to serfdom", and that various democratic nations are being led down the same road. In The Road to Serfdom he wrote: "The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule."

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