April 2, 2007

Hayek in Cartoons

I had seen this a long time ago, but Virginia Postrel links to it today:

The Road to Serfdom

Orighinally published in Look magazine and reprinted by General Motors.

Posted by John Kranz at April 2, 2007 1:55 PM

Consider reading, The Ominous Parallels by Leonard Peikoff for a detailed and expanded version of this. Warning the book is pedantic and a slow read in my opinion. It's nonetheless, valuable and highly recommended.

Posted by: dagny at April 3, 2007 12:45 PM

Ouch! A dagger through my heart! I cannot in good conscience silently assent to the suggestion that reading Peikoff is better than reading Hayek. If you want something more substantive than a comic book, you can read "The Road to Serfdom" or better still "The Constitution of Liberty."

Sorry, Dagny, but think of how you'd feel if I said "Oh, don't bother reading Ayn Rand, just read Pat Buchanan..."

Posted by: jk at April 3, 2007 2:11 PM

Brother JK, my dear dagny did not suggest reading 'OP' instead of Hayek, only as an expansion on the 18-panel pamphlet.

I also find your analogy misleading: Leonard Peikoff is not some narrow-minded bombastic caracature of a scant few of the ideas of Hayek, as Buchanan can be said to be of Rand. I believe you are repulsed by the arrogant assertiveness of Peikoff - as though only he knows what is correct. I submit he would find much less use for assertiveness if those he [rightly] criticizes were somehow capable of admitting that there is such a thing as a "correct" idea. If all men understood and valued the power of reason, there would be no further need for compulsion of one by another.

I'll second dagny's recommendation: If you care to see the parallel social and intellectual developments between modern America and Nazi Germany (and it's totalitarian socialist state) read 'The Ominous Parallels.' And JK's: If you want to read in more detail about 'The Road to Serfdom' pamphlet, read 'The Road to Serfdom' book by F.A. Hayek.

Posted by: johngalt at April 3, 2007 3:31 PM

I read in Brian Doherty's "Radicals For Capitalism" that Ayn Rand called Hayek a "Red." Perhaps we are doomed to continue acting out these internecine rifts, like Buffy and her classmates in "I Only Have Eyes For You.".

Posted by: jk at April 3, 2007 4:44 PM

In the interest of healing internicine rifts, perhaps I can re-rephrase. Instead of calling OP, "a detailed and expanded version of this," I suggest that perhaps it is a similar observation by another great mind. Great minds think alike and all. :-)

Posted by: dagny at April 4, 2007 9:57 AM | What do you think? [5]