Item #1463 The Road to Serfdom. Friedrich A. Hayek.
The Road to Serfdom
The Road to Serfdom
The Road to Serfdom
Democracies Planning Their Way Into Totalitarianism

The Road to Serfdom

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, (1945). Early printing. Hardcover. Octavo. viii, 248 pages. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Bound in gray cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine, red topstain. Moderate foxing to endpapers, interior leaves clean. Prior owner name dated 1945 on front pastedown. Jacket has very shallow edge chipping, light soil, and a hint of fading to spine. Original jacket price of $2.75 is intact.

Highly influential defense of classical liberalism and opposition to centralized planning schemes of government. Hayek argues that in abandoning classical liberalism and free markets, and instead trying to ensure continuing prosperity by centralized planning, governments necessarily require that the will of a small minority be imposed upon the larger society, inevitably leading to totalitarianism. In other words, the irony is that such things as "full employment," "social security," "freedom from want," etc., become unobtainable when made the conscious objects of government policy.

The first American printing of 2,000 copies by the University of Chicago was published in September, 1944, and sold out quickly. This copy is from the sixth printing just seven months later in April, 1945.


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