Philosophy & Ideas

The Convergent Thinking of Burke and Hayek

It is said that at a meeting of party officials in the 1970s, soon-to-be British prime minister Margaret Thatcher cut short a colleague’s presentation by slamming a copy of Friedrich Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty down on a table and declaring, “This is what we believe.” What some find ironic about this event is that the book the leader of Britain’s Conservative Party had so dramatically presented to her colleagues contains a postscript titled “Why I Am Not a Conservative”. The inattentive reader might think, based on that title alone, that Hayek would have little in common with another man…

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