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I'm just now reading Road to Serfdom. Excellent!
Road to Serfdom is excellent! Another of my favorites by Hayek is a collection of his works titled The Essence of Hayek. The Constitution of Liberty is a great work as well.
Why couldn't he have said that emergencies are "often" the pretext, rather than "always,"...Isn't his claim a bit strong? (though there is an element of truth in it.
And can't there be legitimate emergencies that require the government to temporarily take control of things?
Well, Hayek's claim is a bit strong, but I think his over the top rhetoric was used for effect -- given the times when he was writing, he had to shout, so to speak, just to be heard. Remember, Hayek wrote at a time when both the Left and the Right had bought into statism. There was virtually no limited government political philosophy out there in wide circulation. And during Hayek's career, he confronted the two largest statist totalitarian movements in human history: fascism and communism. So, if Hayek exaggerated a bit, perhaps we can forgive him, given the times in which he wrote.
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