The Road to Serfdom: Conclusion

This is the last post in the Road to Serfdom book notes.   I finished the book and have been very amazed by it.   I want to do this post a little different from the others.  Instead of covering just this weeks reading, I would like to open it up. What lesson did you take from this book?    Regardless of whether you read a chapter, or the whole book, what is the one thing that will stick with you from The Road to Serfdom?

For me, I feel I learned two things over all else.  The first is to be suspicious of any planning effort, or attempt to manage everyday life by the government.   Rarely do these work out well.   Additionally, anytime we allow the government to manage any part of our life, we sacrifice some portion of our own freedom to the government.  This is true whether we allow local, state, federal, or even international governments to do the planning.  If it’s the local government, at least its easier to hold those representatives in check.

Secondly, there is real value to studying classics. I think some of the other books we have read for the Book Notes project have shown this as well.    In our case we are focusing on classics of conservative thought.  However, I wonder what my own children are missing by not being forced to read other classics as part of their school work.

For next week: I plan on starting Witness by Whittaker Chambers. I picked up a copy of the 50th Anniversary Edition.  For next Sunday, I want to cover the Forward and as far into Chapter 1 as you can get. The two combine for just under 100 pages, so see what you can cover.