Aug 24, 07
Read in August, 2007
A rousing defense of personal and economic liberty and individualism over the guiles of collectivism and its ultimate form totalitarianism -- appropriate for its time, appropriate now.
Communism = Fascism.
Theme: "What has always made the state a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven." (F. Hoelderlin.)
"As in the course of the progressive advance towards socialism it becomes more and more evident to everybody that his income and general position is determined by the coercive apparatus of the state, that he can maintain or improve his position only as a member of an organised group capable of influencing or controlling the state machine in his interest. In the tug-of-war between the various pressure groups which arises at this stage, it is by no means necessary that the interests of the poorest and most numerous groups should prevail."
"That people should wish to be relieved of the bitter choice which hard facts oten impose upon them is not surprising. But few want to be relieved through the choice being made for them by others. People just wish that the choice should not be necessary at all. And they are only too ready to believe that the choice is not really necessary, that it is imposed upon them merely by the particular economic sysem under which we live. What they resent is in truth that there is an economic problem."