Sunday Morning Quotation

Friedrich Hayek in his epilogue to The Constitution of Liberty titled, “Why I Am Not a Conservative”:

So far as much of current governmental action is concerned, there is in the present world very little reason for the liberal to wish to preserve things as they are.  It would seem to the liberal, indeed, that what is most urgently needed in most parts of the world is a thorough sweeping-way of the obstacles to free growth. 

The difference between liberalism and conservatism must not be obscured by the fact that in the United States it is still possible to defend individual liberty by defending long-established institutions.  To the liberal they are valuable not mainly because they are long-established or because they are American but because they correspond to the ideals which he cherishes.  (pg. 399)

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