Friedrich August von HayekFriedrich August von Hayek, (1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974

Friedrich August von Hayek Quote

“The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule.”

Friedrich August von HayekFriedrich August von Hayek
~ Friedrich August von Hayek

The Road to Serfdom (1944)

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Editor, thank you. This quote is really a definitive separation between the Constitutional Republic's founders and today's ruling mentality.

E Archer, NYC

It is hard enough for one person to become wise much less the collective. Generally the collective is dumb -- very dumb -- and will buy any promise thrown to them if they think it will benefit them financially. That is why a free country is held together not by the government but by the principles of the People themselves. But each coming generation must learn these lessons or else pay the price. Those that wish to rule us will not teach us how to avoid their snares.

A.WOODS, Gloucester

I suspect collectivist ethics is either an extremely shallow subject or an oxymoron.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Which ethics is of the higher good. I often sense the use of this strategem from individuals, hell look at the last election, all those means used to get elected now McCain is buddy, buddy with the guy he called a socialist and terrorist sypathizer. Since the means did not work and Obama got elected any way what the heck might as well be friends with the guy you lied about!

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Waffler, Smith, Arkansas 1/6/21

Waffler, dividing ethics into individual esteemed statures or moral specificities, qualifying a cast of greater and lesser - by natural law, can be shown through historical result analysis. The ethics, morals and orientation of correctness through the “laws of nature and of nature’s God” (Declaration of Independence) have absolutely established that individual sovereignty, inalienable rights liberty, truth and a republic of servants that represent the same is far superior than/to a democracy, stratagems of calculating malefactors and socialism (communism, fascism, progressivism, neo-conism, collectivism, etc.). McCain and Obama were socialist and terrorist sympathizers – what was your point? The demonic patrons of the occupying statist theocracy now infesting this nation have shown that voter fraud and otherwise felonious crimes do pay and only go to show – the ethics, etc. I referenced above are superior to the slavery of your carnal gods and show the accuracy of Hayek's here quote.

warren, olathe

So, Waffler, you believe that socialism believes that the end justifies the means?

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

Characteristically, human beings are Virtuous individually, not collectively, though a truly exemplary example supplied by one can become a source of inspiration for the many, since the most sublime possible instructor is a Virtuous example.


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