The Fatal Conceit

  • by F. A. Hayek
  • Narrated by Everett Sherman
  • 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hayek gives the main arguments for the free-market case and presents his manifesto on the "errors of socialism." Hayek argues that socialism has, from its origins, been mistaken on factual, and even on logical, grounds and that its repeated failures in the many different practical applications of socialist ideas that this century has witnessed were the direct outcome of these errors. He labels as the "fatal conceit" the idea that "man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes."

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A very lucid account of Hayekian views

I have been reading both socialist and liberalist scholars as a part of my PhD. This book is written in a very lucid and enjoyable style. The narration is also perfect. I can easily argue that this book is the best book to understand Hayekian views as it also summarises many of his earlier texts. Hayek is a real genius. Whether you agree him or not, he has powerful arguments which deserve every bit of intellectual efforts. Hayek mainly advocates for letting people connect together freely in a spontaneous order within traditions to create something magnificent, which cannot be matched by any rational and coercive design dictated by pretence reason. This is not a simple refutation of socialism as the argument has many other merits.
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Enjoyable, Insightful, Accessible Economics

Hayek examines how inherited social customs and traditions shape economic and social order and how artificially contrived systems such as socialism are doomed to fail.

I had feared that this book might be too dry and theoretical, but instead found it enjoyable, insightful and highly accessible.

I look forward to listening to more of Hayek's works on Audible.
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- Tommy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios