Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom: Fifty Years Later

By |2019-07-18T15:52:46-05:00August 27th, 2012|Categories: Books, Economics, Friedrich Hayek, Political Economy, Ralph Ancil, Wilhelm Roepke|

Introduction Mark Twain tells us in his book Tom Sawyer that when Tom was punished by having to whitewash his Aunt Polly’s fence, he tried, as was his custom, to shirk the obligation. By making the work look fun, however, he interested the other boys in painting the fence. After arousing their interest, he [...]

Why is Ideology Attractive?

By |2019-05-23T12:44:49-05:00April 2nd, 2012|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, Friedrich Hayek, Ideology, Russell Kirk, Tyranny|Tags: , |

To what end were 205 million human persons—created in the Image of God—murdered in the twentieth century, one must ask? And, why did millions more suffer for being simply human persons, unique, unfathomable, unrepeatable? The answer, unfortunately, is not an easy one, and very few scholars—historians, philosophers, or theologians—have attempted to answer this question. [...]

Defending Hayek

By |2016-08-03T10:37:38-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christendom, Conservatism, Economics, Friedrich Hayek, Political Economy, Russell Kirk, Traditional Conservatives and Libertarians|

When Friedrich Hayek announced his personal political philosophy as an “unrepentant Old Whig” in his magnum opus Constitution of Liberty, he was reaching deep into the well of the Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian traditions, even if he had originally spoken these words against his friend, Russell Kirk, in their famous Mont Pelerin debate of 1957.[1] [...]