Happy Birthday, F. A. Hayek

Via Glenn Reynolds, I learned that F. A. Hayek would be 110 today. (I celebrated by running three miles.)

As Glenn also pointed out by way of irony, Barack Obama is helping Hayek in book sales.

Irony or not, I think it's only fair that the Obama administration should help sell Hayek's books, for they have used one of his more trenchant observations as a backbone of administration policy, and as far as I know, Hayek has been given absolutely no credit for it.

What Hayek famously said (in Law, Legislation and Liberty) was this:

'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
It's even been put on a bumper sticker:


While it technically might not qualify as plagiarism, in terms of irony, Rahm Emanuel's famous "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste" certainly comes close enough for government work.

So yeah, they should help sell his books!

Happy Birthday, F. A. Hayek!

MORE: Over at Instapundit.com I read that the date he'd linked before was mistaken, and that Hayek's real birthday was a few days later.

(May 8, to be exact.)

posted by Eric on 05.05.09 at 07:08 PM


It seems that today our governments will make a crisis out
of anything. Creating panic, then declaring they have taken the appropriate action to control the contrived panic may work for a while.
The old theory, "the masses are asses." is being over worked.

Hugh   ·  May 5, 2009 7:39 PM

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