Liberty Quotation: Hayek on Liberty and Technological Progress

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95d39/huch/1889/09“In much of the current discussion on the effects of technological progress this progress is presented to us as if it were something outside us which could compel us to use the new knowledge in a particular way.  While it is true, of course, that inventions have given us tremendous power, it is absurd to suggest that we must use this power to destroy our most precious inheritance:  liberty.  It does mean, however, that if we want to preserve it, we must guard it more jealously  than ever and that we must be prepared to make sacrifices for it.”

F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom [1945]

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Hayek on Freedom as the Foundation of All Morality

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95d39/huch/1889/09“What our generation is in danger of forgetting is not only that morals are of necessity a phenomenon of individual conduct but also that they can exist only in the sphere in which the individual is free to decide for himself and is called upon voluntarily to sacrifice personal advantages to the observance of a moral rule.  Outside the sphere of individual responsibility there is neither goodness nor badness, neither opportunity for moral merit  nor the chance of proving one’s conviction by sacrificing one’s desires to what one thinks right.  Only where we ourselves are responsible for our own interests and are free to sacrifice them has our decision moral value.  We are neither entitled to be unselfish at someone else’s expense nor is there any merit in being unselfish if we have no choice.”

F.A. Hayek, The Road to Serfdom [1944]