The View From 1776

The Scottish Enlightenment and America

Robert Curry’s latest chapter on this important source of our nation’s original constitutional doctrine.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/29 at 05:44 PM
  1. Thomas,

    You insert Hayek's name in the Curry piece, but it is not clear if there is a Hayek quote buried in there somewhere.

    Since you mention him, Hayek had many interesting ideas that may astound the dyed-in-the-wool conservative. For instance, in his "The Road to Serfdom" Hayek wrote,

    "There is no reason why, in a society which has reached the general level of wealth ours has, the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all without endangering general freedom; that is: some minimum of food, shelter and clothing, sufficient to preserve health. Nor is there any reason why the state should not help to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance in providing for those common hazards of life against which few can make adequate provision."
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/30  at  11:50 PM
  2. Dear J. Jay,
    Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

    The Hayek quote--"The Scottish theorists..."--can be found just above Hayek's name, right after the Madison quote. It is from Hayek's book The Constitution of Liberty.

    Hayek did not consider himself to be a conservative and also stoutly resisted the libertarian label. He insisted always that he was a classical liberal in the grand tradition that included the Founders.

    The true classical liberal of course has very little in common with the modern progressive liberal. When the American public turned against progressivism, the progressives succeeded in adopting the "liberal" label for themselves. This successful re-labeling has greatly contributed to the confused condition of political discourse in America.

    May I recommend The Constitution of Liberty to you? It is magnificent. In it, Hayek discusses the issues you raise brilliantly and in detail.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/31  at  01:19 AM
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