The Most Interesting Quote In the World

I like to consult with defunct economists from time to time, just to see if there’s anything in the ash heap worth relighting so we can stand in its glow again.

Let’s try something from Friedrich Hayek, best remembered as the author of The Road to Serfdom.  This from his 1967 work Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics:

We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage. … Unless we can make the philosophic foundations of a free society once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark. But if we can regain that belief in power of ideas … the battle is not lost.

Yep, that still burns bright.  Perhaps you’ll agree that nanocivics offers just that intellectual adventure, or real vision if you prefer.  More on that here.

Oh, and here’s Hayek’s mad skills on the mic:



I think these books are about the making of the video:

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  1. Just discovered your excellent website last night … introduced to me by my grandson who is a student of yours. Great stuff. It’s exciting to know that young people are being exposed to the economics of common sense in today’s world where there’s so little of it. In the event you haven’t discovered it, here’s a link to Hayek’s Road to Serfdom in cartoon form your readers might enjoy, linked today in Instapundit.

    1. Thanks for the note and the link!

  2. when watching this in class i just found it to be extremely hilarious, but after going through the full semester i find that it is a great way to understand the ideas of the 2 most influential economists. big gov vs. little gov.

  3. Glad I watched this video and read this article. I felt good about understanding the concepts and views that these two economist were “battling” out. Memorable way to connect hayek VS keynes to the concepts we’ve learned in lecture.

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