road-to-serfdomIt has been a long time since I’ve written.  Partly due to inertia, but mostly due to activity.  Over the last few months I’ve read four economics books and all of them seemed to be derived in conservatism.  It was an interesting set of books and offered a ton of understanding on capitalism, conservatism, socialism and supply/demand economics.  It also opened some other doors regarding the complexity of the subject.

This book, The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek, was the last.  It also took the longest.  It was written in the 1940s and is a longform explanation of the issues that arise from societies that rely on “planners” to decide on the allocation of capital.  It is thorough and the man had obviously given himself plenty of time to think on and properly describe his thoughts on the matter.

An argument that centralized planning can only eventually put upon the entirety of the masses with the myopic views of the small group in charge is lain out and revisited.  The author maintains that the need for Government is certainly viable, for only to preserve the liberty that has been established in a truly libertarian state.  The book is clear, yet, not completely convincing beyond the need of focus on the individual.  A clear line of where the government can step in and not was blurred, but it is obvious that Hayek believes in minimalist governance.  This is the hard discourse behind Orwell’s fabled farm.  And it is something quite good.

Writing such as this is probably boring for many people, but from a theory perspective, it offers a great pillar by which many could erect their own thoughts on political environments.  There IS a reason the US has been so successful.  Understanding why that success has occurred is important.  If you are at all interested in policy and economics and have the will to read an elongated piece, this is worth it.

That said, I’m done with Economics for a bit.  I have gotten further and further into learning Spanish and am now going to read up on the culture.  Learning a language is only one piece of a puzzle.  But that’s for another day.