Monday, November 14, 2011

Not Even Libertarians Are Really Libertarian

Did Charles Koch try to lead Friedrich Hayek down the "road to serfdom"? Private correspondence between the two icons of today's libertarianism reveals that Koch did encourage the Austrian-born Hayek to take advantage of the United States' Social Security and Medicare programs. Moreover, this happened at a time when Hayek repudiated any last scraps of a state-sponsored social-safety net that he defended in his writings of the 1940s, and a time when Koch had founded a libertarian think tank that was the precursor to the Cato Institute, also his brainchild. Read all about it in Yasha Levine's and Mark Ames's piece at The Nation. Methinks the plot will thicken.

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