Oct 16 Discussion Question

Written by randy on October 13th, 2008

Note that your short (!) essays are due by Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. The target should be no more than 300 words. Long essays usually demonstrate too little thought. Short essays can demonstrate that as well, so impress us all with your writing and thinking abilities.

Hayek takes what appear to be contradictory positions; on one hand he celebrates liberty while on the other hand celebrating spontaneous or emergent order. Doesn’t Hayek’s institutional Darwinism rule out discussions of what types of orders are to be preferred? Why is liberty so important to him if order is grown, not made. Isn’t liberty a conscious construct rather than a grown one? Or is he simply assuming that more liberal orders will outperform less liberal ones so we do not need to concern ourselves with constructing liberal institutions?


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