"But after war [WW II] broke out I felt that this widespread misunderstanding of the political systems of our enemies, and soon also our new ally, Russia, constituted a serious danger which had to be met by a more systematic effort. Also, it was already fairly obvious that England herself was likely to experiment after the war with the same kind of policies which I was convinced had contributed so much to destroy liberty elsewhere. ... Opinion moves fast in the United States, and even now it is difficult to remember how comparatively short a time it was before The Road to Serfdom appeared that the most extreme kind of economic planning had been seriously advocated and the model of Russia held up for imitation by men who were soon to play an important role in public affairs. ... Be it enough to mention that in 1934 the newly established National Planning Board devoted a good deal of attention to the example of planning provided by these four countries: Germany, Italy, Russia, and Japan."
Friedrich August von Hayek
(1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974
foreword to the 1972 edition of 'The Road to Serfdom'
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The system we now suffer was initially fomented by the criminal banking cartels founded by none other than the Rothschilds and their cohorts. 5 stars for truth, thumbs down to "Central Planning". End the Fed.
 -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Top down central planning never works and makes matters worse. Russia tried this with their famous 5 year plans and about every other year they would have a new 5 year plan since the current one was not working. Top down planning is always a disaster. .
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Non of the social experiments (1913 debacles, Warren Courts theocratic despotism, compelled compliance, licenses, victimless crimes, larceny (theft of the noble laborer's fruit, funny money, etc.), inalienable rights denial, etc.) have worked in the USA unless the end result was intended to be a dumming down of helots, serfs, and slaves (then it was very successful).
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    So I guess the solution is that humanity (human beings) should never plan anything together.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    No Waffler, you miss the point as always. Human Beings are sovereign with unalienable rights who should never be "forced" by the plans of others. If you and your Nazi friends want to plan a goose stepping fest...feel free! :)
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    A man with such a loud voice who cannot see the vast difference between Soviet planning and British planning is a very dangerous man indeed. His utterances should be regarded as the devil's own propaganda.
     -- Tim, Gainesville, FL     
    Too true, and an excellent observation. Government regulators are not 'humanity,' Waffler. The point von Hayek was making is that no sooner did the US defeat fascism in Europe than it started implementing it in America. I doubt either Waffler or Tim can tell the difference between liberty and socialism/fascism/communism.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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