In the light of recent history it is somewhat curious that this decisive power of the professional secondhand dealers in ideas should not yet be more generally recognized. The political development of the Western World during the last hundred years furnishes the clearest demonstration. Socialism has never and nowhere been at first a working-class movement. It is by no means an obvious remedy for the obvious evil which the interests of that class will necessarily demand. It is a construction of theorists, deriving from certain tendencies of abstract thought with which for a long time only the intellectuals were familiar; and it required long efforts by the intellectuals before the working classes could be persuaded to adopt it as their program.
domingo, dezembro 29, 2013
Citação Liberal do Dia
Citação dedicada ao "Vendedor de Ideias em Segunda-mão / Pessoa do Ano" da Time Magazine:
F.A. Hayek, Intellectuals and Socialism