Conspiracy, Hayek and Spelunking…A Moral dilemma

Written by Bobbi on January 30th, 2009

In the Road to Serfdom, Hayek argues…

“The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded as the denial of all morals.  In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily the supreme rule; there is literally nothing which the consistent collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves “the good of the whole” because “the good of the whole” is to him the only criterion of what ought to be done.  The raison d’etat in which collectivist ethics has found its most explicit formulation, knows no other limit than that set by expediency — the suitability of the particular act for the end in view.

In light of our materials this week, consider the following questions, Can a collective morality be derived from individual morality? Once decision making flows to the social arena to determine which interests will be served, are we not forced to decide who will win and at whose expense?  How might the consequences of subordinating individual interest to the interests of the collective be minimized in modern policy arenas?


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