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The Constitution of Liberty by F. A. Hayek

The Constitution of Liberty (original 1960; edition 1978)

by F. A. Hayek

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Title:The Constitution of Liberty
Authors:F. A. Hayek
Info:University Of Chicago Press (1978), Edition: Pbk. Ed, Paperback, 580 pages
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The first part is terrific and mostly explains the important principles of freedom.

The second part has some great insights but can be very dry.

In the third part he has some good points but some terrible ideas. Sometimes it was hard to tell if he was actually proposing his ideas or just giving a bad example of something that would have a lot of negative drawbacks. Many times it just seemed to be the latter, but not all the time. ( )
  JaredChristopherson | Nov 16, 2015 |
  efeulner | May 2, 2014 |
"...It’s about why democracy is not just about elections. The meaning of freedom, Hayek says, is negative: his is a negative concept of freedom, not a positive one. It’s not about what government or others should do, it is about freedom from coercion. And that gets complicated when more than one individual, when a multiplicity of individuals, share a society. Who should lead? Who is to govern? What are the criteria? And obviously in Western society there are different ideas about who is to govern and in what way – but the basic themes are liberty, the rule of law, a government that is elected by the people and is for the people..." (reviewed by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in FiveBooks).

The full interview is available here: http://fivebooks.com/interviews/ayaan-hirsi-ali-on-women-and-islam ( )
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1 vote | FiveBooks | Jun 3, 2010 |
This is not the strongest of Hayek's works. While he retains his characteristically accessible style (especially in the two chapters dealing with the history of constitutionalism and the Rechtsstaat), the arguments put forth in The Constitution of Liberty are dependent upon weak, and I would contend easily disputed, empirical claims. This is due in large part to the utilitarian nature of his arguments, which make his conclusions contingent rather than principled. Ultimately, what he ends up with is a poor argument for a liberty which is too weakly grounded to serve the purposes he desires it for in the first place.

Strangers to Hayek would do better to begin with The Road to Serfdom or his Law, Legislation, and Liberty series. ( )
2 vote philosojerk | Feb 11, 2008 |
Liberty for the rich.
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1 vote | Fledgist | Jul 20, 2006 |
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"One of the great political works of our time, . . . the twentieth-century successor to John Stuart Mill's essay, 'On Liberty.'"--Henry Hazlitt, Newsweek

"A reflective, often biting, commentary on the nature of our society and its dominant thought by one who is passionately opposed to the coercion of human beings by the arbitrary will of others, who puts liberty above welfare and is sanguine that greater welfare will thereby ensue."--Sidney Hook, New York Times Book Review

In this classic work Hayek restates the ideals of freedom that he believes have guided, and must continue to guide, the growth of Western civilization. Hayek's book, first published in 1960, urges us to clarify our beliefs in today's struggle of political ideologies.

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Working after the war, Hayek's writing was very much against the tide of mainstream Keynesian economic thought and he struck a lonely figure on the outskirts of academia. This book is suitable for those seeking to understand ideas that have become the orthodoxy in the age of the globalised economy.… (more)

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