Our Road To Serfdom

Thursday, November 22, 2012
By Paul Martin

Monty Pelerin
Nov 22 2012

There may be better ways to explain our current decline, but this does it nicely. Read the following carefully. Then, if you are truly concerned, read Hayek’s little jewel itself:

QOTD: “The current modus operandi by central banks and sovereign governments threatens to take us down Friedrich von Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom”. Published in 1944, its message, that all forms of socialism and economic planning lead inescapably to tyranny, might prove to have been prescient. In the 1970s, when Keynesianism was brought to crisis, politicians were vociferously declaring that attempting to maintain employment through inflationary means would inevitably destroy the market economy and replace itwith a communist or some other totalitarian system which is the “perilous road” to be avoided “at any price”. The genius in the book was the argument that serfdom would not be brought about by evil men like Stalin or Hitler, but by the cumulative effect of the wishes and actions of good men and women, each of whose interventions could be easily justified by immediate needs. We advocate social liberalism,but we also need to get there through fiscal responsibility. Pushing for inflation at this moment in time will wreak havoc on those countries whose cumulative debt stocks represent multiples of central government tax revenue…” –Kyle Bass

H/T Doug Ross at Larwyn’s Link.

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