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

Friedrich August von Hayek Quote

“What a free society offers to the individual is much more than what he would be able to do if only he were free.”

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

Ratings and Comments

bruski, naples FL

A true genius.

We need to listen to him.

Will we?


Walter Clark, Fullerton CA

I don't get it.
Somebody explain this to me. Could there be a type-oh here. Maybe it should be "if he were only free" or better yet.... a free society is more than a collection of people not being interfered with.

jim k, austin tx

Walter, I'm with you. There could be a type- o here.

Ron w13, Or

Spoken like a true economist, only wanting to capitalize on the productivity and labors of the slaves and their relationships with the government that already exist.

Mike, Norwalk

"If only he were free" means he would be the sole free individual in a society of slaves (everyone else was not). A hypothetical that can't really be addressed.

L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada

Y'all should learn to speak the English Lanuage. There's no "type-oh" (LOL; typeogrphical error?). Von Hayek's meaning is not unclear: The individual is only truly free when the chains of society's moores no longer bind them. That means being free from religious, ethnical or moral stygma with whitch any given society may casting.

Ron w13, Or

Hanson, are you a good secular socialist ? Or just a secular capitalist ? Maybe both.

E Archer, NYC

In order to protect my own freedom, I have to respect others freedoms as well. Liberty requires free individuals to stand together -- either we hang together or hang separately.

Ron w13, Or

There is only one true freedom, to seek after that which good is. This we are chastised for, being upright.

Walter Clark, Fullerton CA

Mr. Hanson.
You may have a point. But insulting me that I should learn to speak English, makes me think that what follows is from an 8th grader? You didn't mean to do that, did you? I just can't help but think so, so rather than consider your logic I'm compelled to work hard to find fault with it.
From what I know about Hayek, religion, or any other ground up self-ordering institution creates the kind of moral guidelines we should live by. Religions in this country do not compel like laws on behavior do. The best ideas will emerge.
I still think that something was lost in translation. His interviews reveal such a deep accent that indicates to me that he is still thinks in German. I think we should forgive the great man the occasional confusion.


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