There are few things that make one feel so smug about one’s country as reading something wonderful about her even though the praise has nothing to do with what one has done.
“The virtues possessed by the British people possessed in a higher degree than most other people, excepting only a few of the smaller nations, like the Swiss and the Dutch, were independence and self-reliance, individual initiative and local responsibility, the successful reliance on voluntary activity, non-interference with one’s neighbour and tolerance of the different and queer …”
– The Road to Serfdom, Frederich August von Hayek (1944) contrasting British liberalism against German autocracy
This entry was posted on April 21, 2013 by d3mola. It was filed under Books, Culture, Musings and was tagged with Britain, Capitalism, England, English, Hayek, Individuality, Liberalism, Socialism, The Road to Serfdom.