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The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (Volume 17) (The… (original 1960; edition 2011)

by F. A. Hayek (Author)

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Originally published in 1960, The Constitution of Liberty delineates and defends the principles of a free society and traces the origin, rise, and decline of the rule of law. Casting a skeptical eye on the growth of the welfare state, Hayek examines the challenges to freedom posed by an ever expanding government as well as its corrosive effect on the creation, preservation, and utilization of knowledge. In distinction to those who confidently call for the state to play a greater role in society, Hayek puts forward a nuanced argument for prudence. Guided by this quality, he elegantly demonstrates that a free market system in a democratic polity--under the rule of law and with strong constitutional protections of individual rights--represents the best chance for the continuing existence of liberty. Striking a balance between skepticism and hope, Hayek's profound insights remain strikingly vital half a century on. This definitive edition of The Constitution of Liberty will give a new generation the opportunity to learn from Hayek's enduring wisdom.… (more)
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Title:The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (Volume 17) (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek)
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Info:University of Chicago Press (2011), Edition: The Collected Works edition, 688 pages
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
A detailed and scholarly argument for putting limits on the power of the state and government machinery, in order to preserve liberty. Tends to be a little one-sided sometimes, exaggerating the negative effects of state policies to reduce inequalities in society. However, his warning that putting ends before principles (enacting laws tailored to specific sections of the population, for instance, instead of one law for all) often leads to totalitarianism, is well taken and is very relevant in the present political context the world over. ( )
1 vote Dilip-Kumar | Jun 16, 2020 |
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. ( )
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  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).



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Originally published in 1960, The Constitution of Liberty delineates and defends the principles of a free society and traces the origin, rise, and decline of the rule of law. Casting a skeptical eye on the growth of the welfare state, Hayek examines the challenges to freedom posed by an ever expanding government as well as its corrosive effect on the creation, preservation, and utilization of knowledge. In distinction to those who confidently call for the state to play a greater role in society, Hayek puts forward a nuanced argument for prudence. Guided by this quality, he elegantly demonstrates that a free market system in a democratic polity--under the rule of law and with strong constitutional protections of individual rights--represents the best chance for the continuing existence of liberty. Striking a balance between skepticism and hope, Hayek's profound insights remain strikingly vital half a century on. This definitive edition of The Constitution of Liberty will give a new generation the opportunity to learn from Hayek's enduring wisdom.

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