Friedrich August von Hayek Was an Enemy of Freedom

Of all the enemies of democracy and freedom, Friedrich August von Hayek was probably the smartest. At least, he was the most influential: the structures of today’s global economy — the European Economic and Monetary Union, central banks, “balanced budget amendments” to national constitutions, and “free” trade agreements guaranteeing capital’s future profits — are essentially based on his ideas and those of his students.

… Hayek’s first goal was to systematically keep the people, “the big lout” (in Heinrich Heine’s words), at a distance from all the social and economic decisions affecting their own lives. His second major goal was to hand the working class over to capital utterly defenseless.

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