Economic Freedom and Representative Government

  • F. A. Hayek


Thirty years ago I wrote a book1 which, in a manner which many regarded as unduly alarmist, described the dangers that the then visible collectivist tendencies created for personal freedom. I am glad that these fears so far have not materialised, but I do not think this has proved me wrong. In the first instance I did not, as many misunderstood me, contend that if government interfered at all with economic affairs it was bound to go the whole way to a totalitarian system. I was trying to argue rather what in more homely terms is expressed by saying ‘if you don’t mend your principles you will go to the devil’.


Market Economy Economic Freedom Narrow Sense Legal Positivism Party Line 
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