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The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich A. Hayek

The Road to Serfdom

by Friedrich A. Hayek

The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich A. Hayek

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The Road To Serfdom unravels the downsides of socialism, explains why it's prone to turning into totalitarianism, and why this changed the course of history after WWII.

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The Road to Serfdom

by Friedrich A. Hayek

The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich A. Hayek

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As World War II came to an end, Nazi Germany began to fall from both sides. The UK and the US coming from the West, and Russia from the West would spell the end of the war. People were optimistic about these two superpowers ruling the world in peace. But as socialism began to emerge in Russia, things took a turn for the worse. Westerners started fearing for their own freedom, wondering how far this ideology could go - and how easily extremism could spread.

This is the problem that Nobel Prize winner Friedrich Hayek tackles in The Road to Serfdom. Socialism is a broad, complex ideology that can be as positive for a country as it can be negative. In a world where we value freedom over everything, an extreme approach to socialism could threaten our fundamental rights and enable corrupt leaders to get into positions of power.

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"To act on behalf of a group seems to free people of many of the moral restraints which control their behavior as individuals within the group."

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