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Jeremy

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  • The Road to Serfdom

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Friedrich A. Hayek
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders, from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-'40s, to Reagan and Thatcher in the '80s. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as "an eloquent defense of laissez-faire capitalism".

    Scott says: "Classic"
    "Captivating and Essential Philosophy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Road to Serfdom the most enjoyable?

    The listening experience is very good: 5 out of 5. The narrator, William Hughes, reads Hayek confidently, articulately, and with intonation that keeps listeners engaged like they're listening to a lecturer who knows what he is talking about.


    Any additional comments?

    I was drawn to this book as a liberal who wanted to know of what charges and counter points to socialism existed in the mid 20th century, and why Hyak insisted that progressive ideology leads to tyranny. It did not disappoint.

    I approached this book with a completely open mind, and I must say I learned a great deal from it. Hayek's main points were delivered in a clear and lucid fashion, easy to understand, and cause many epiphanies and "ahah" moments while I was exercising at the gym.

    It's readability is high for people who enjoy reading on such subjects of liberty, history, freedom, and social ideas. His challenge against socialist ideology is that the collectivization of values in society, and the never ending debate of the means and ends of a socialist society, is not conducive to freedom but rather it is conducive to tyranny. He asserts that we should avoid it at all costs to preserve the freedom to choose our own values, our own means and ends, and our own economic livelihood.

    This book is excellent and I highly recommend it to liberals and conservatives alike. For the liberal, you will learn the sacrifices individuals make in socialist societies and begin to question how much liberty you sacrifice for your own collectivist values. For conservatives, you will learn the fundamental arguments in favour of drastically small government and the importance of individual agency over collectivist thinking.

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