If we wish to preserve a free society, it is essential that we recognize that the desirability of a particular object is not sufficient justification for the use of coercion.
More quotes by Friedrich Hayek
Liberty is not merely one particular value it is the source and condition of most moral values. What a free society offers to the individual is much more than what he would be able to do if only he were free.
All political theories assume that most individuals are very ignorant. Those who plead for liberty differ in that they include among the ignorant themselves as well as the wisest.
Under the Rule of Law the individual is free to pursue his personal ends and desires, certain that the powers of government will not be used deliberately to frustrate his efforts.
The argument for liberty is an argument against the use of coercion to prevent others from doing better.
It is always from a minority acting in ways different from what the majority would prescribe that the majority in the end learns to do better.
More quotes about Politics
Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement in relations between the two great nations on earth.
I think one can give a good argument that looting isn’t violence at all. In a sense, most of us are looters, or at any rate we are benefiting from others’ looting.
This transformation of competition into monopoly is one of the most important-if not the most important-phenomena of modern capitalist economy.
Europe has found itself confronted with fresh challenges – challenges of a global character, the nature of which is directly connected with changes in the international climate and the difficulties of seeking new models for co-operation.
But free capital mobility is a high priority for the business world: it increases profit and also provides a powerful weapon to undermine labor organizing by threat of job transfer-technically illegal, but highly effective…
I’ve read hundreds of books about China over the decades. I know the Chinese. I’ve made a lot of money with the Chinese. I understand the Chinese mind.
Top [U.S.] planners recognized that if we can control Middle East oil we can control the world. If you have your hand on the spigot you can control what other people do, whether we use it or not.
Obviously, I’m always thinking about it. A successor, in the ordinary sense of the word – no, the Russian people, the voters will decide who that will be. But of course I think that we should raise a new, young generation of leaders, responsible people who will be able to take on the responsibility of Russia.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
With complex integrated supply chains, subcontracting and other such devices, corporate ownership of the world’s wealth is becoming a more realistic measure of global power than national wealth…
When in 2007 I spoke in Munich…I spoke about the fact that the United States is widening the jurisdiction of its laws beyond its national borders, and that this is unacceptable. And that’s exactly what’s happening now, also to our European and other partners. Why is this happening? No one wanted to listen and no one did anything to stop this from developing.
The problem with the West is that they start with political reform going towards democracy. If you want to go towards democracy, the first thing is to involve the people in decision making, not to make it.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me old,when I would NEVER call him short and fat?Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!