The most important element of individualism is that of the empowered individual. An individualist is fully convinced that there is no such thing as a neutral, unbiased implementation of government power. The more power a government is granted, the fewer liberties are provided to the individual. The only thing that stands between tyranny and liberty is the empowered individual.
Lots of labels are tossed about the political landscape. People are accused of being Nazis and Fascists, as well as the opposite accusation of being called a Communist. Not too far behind is the charge of being a Socialist. So if it is fair to ask whether a person is a Nazi or a Fascist, it is reasonable to evaluate whether a person is a Socialist.
To Hayek, it was quite ironic that the academics that had overwhelmingly embraced socialism were discarding the very thing that explained their existence, the idea of “western” civilization.
Do you read introductions? It is a rarity that I would ever find the need to review a book’s introduction, but then again how often does a book’s set of prefaces and introductions consume 26% o
The term “Nazi” is one of the most over-used terms heard in political dialogue. Thank you for reading this essay. It is part of an ongoing series titled Old Friends and this is the first contribution on FA Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. But it must be said that here again the main influence which destroyed the belief…