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Hayek on Socialism and on the Welfare State


  • Bruce Caldwell


In an earlier issue of Challenge, Andrew Farrant and Edward McPhail noted the new popularity of F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom and proceeded to criticize it comprehensively. In this piece, a leading Hayek scholar defends the book as a brilliant criticism of "hot socialism," not of the welfare state itself. This particularly literate author makes clear that the term "socialism" is widely misused today. In the article that follows, Farrant and McPhail reply.

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  • Bruce Caldwell, 2011. "Hayek on Socialism and on the Welfare State," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(1), pages 82-97.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:challe:v:54:y:2011:i:1:p:82-97
    DOI: 10.2753/0577-5132540105

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    Cited by:

    1. Robert Szarka, 2016. "The Effect of Economic Freedom on Civil Liberties in the Short Run: Physical Integrity Rights, 2000-2011," Journal of Private Enterprise, The Association of Private Enterprise Education, vol. 31(Fall 2016), pages 21-35.
    2. Andrew Farrant & Edward McPhail, 2012. "Supporters Are Wrong," Challenge, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 55(5), pages 94-105.

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