Talk:Friedrich Hayek

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Confusing phrase[edit]

Confusing phrase: "the economics of extending the length of production". What does this even mean? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.226.173.40 (talk) 11:44, 16 February 2014 (UTC)

what needs to be mentioned[edit]

1. v Hayek was no anarcho-capitalist but is often used as a source of inspiration of them

2. v Hayek opposed the foundation of the copyright and the patent system

3. Hayek's influence on economist Milton Friedman who wrote introductions to The Road to Serfdom for both a 1971 German edition and the fiftieth anniversary edition

The article says: "In a typically bold insight, Hayek attributed the birth of civilization to private property in his book The Fatal Conceit (1988)."

This point was made much earlier by both Locke and Rousseau. Also "typically bold insight" is not very NPOV.

Agree, it was also made even earlier by Aristoteles, restated by thomas Aquinas, and a large etc. Although at the time Hayek was writing, it certainly was quite bold.

The Hayek page has a significant markup problem[edit]

...which I have not been able to figure out. Three [edit] links do not appear where they should, and then all three appear together in the wrong place. Help!

Hayek's views on Pinochet's Chili[edit]

Why is the following unsourced apologetic remark included here? "Hayek, of course, had lived his early life under the mostly liberal, but mostly non-democratic, rule of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, and Hayek had seen democracy descend into illiberal tyranny in a host of Central and Eastern European countries." This is extremely un-encyclopedic and serves no other purpose than to arouse sympathy for Hayek's controversial support of neo-fascist dictator Pinochet. I recommend immediate removal. 62.238.249.71 (talk) 14:54, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

Religion - Clarity needed[edit]

At one point this article refers to Hayek as a non-practicing Roman Catholic and at another it refers to him as an agnostic. Please could the article be 'cleaned-up' to verify which of these best describes Hayek's religious views. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 129.215.230.135 (talk) 17:52, 1 February 2014 (UTC)


To add to the above, I was unable to find any reference to Hayek's agnosticism in the supporting source. The chapter mentioned is freely available on google books, and I think a proper citation is in order, to verify the statement in question. Furthermore, it would be exceedingly strange for this to be possible, as that same book states twice and unambiguously that, "Hayek was a Catholic" (p.161) and "In December 1980, Hayek was one of twelve Catholic Nobel laureates..." (p.301), while words agnosticism and agnostic do not occur at all there. If no one has valid references to the contrary, I will replace the statement "Hayek was an agnostic" with "Hayek was a Catholic" after some time. BijouTrouvaille (talk) 15:16, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

See p. 13.[1] It seems he was not a believer, at least at some point. I do not think the other quotes say he was unambiguously Catholic. More likely he was nominally Catholic. I suggest we remove the line. TFD (talk) 15:28, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
You may be right. It seems he was very reserved in discussing his religious views and so there is conflicting information present. Perhaps this topic deserves a few more sentences than just a line of declaration; I'll do some research to try to put together a more complete story. Meanwhile, I agree with your suggestion. BijouTrouvaille (talk) 17:41, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
It could be if Hayek and his biographers paid little attention to the issue in their writings, that it is unimportant, beyond that he grew up in a Catholic household. TFD (talk) 06:09, 18 December 2014 (UTC)