Origins in Vienna
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Friedrich A. Hayek
1985 | Institute of Economic Affairs | Duration:..interviewseries
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In the first video of this collection, Friedrich A. Hayek describes his early childhood in Vienna. He comments on pivotal events in his life as well as the social, political, and cultural context in which his views developed. He explains the circumstances that led him to socialism and the inherent problems he identified in that system. He also examines the basic principles of societies and the individuals who make them so elaborate and unpredictable. Finally, he describes the characteristics of a truly liberal society and its goal of expanding progress and freedom.
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Videos in this collection
Introduction by Jack O'Sullivan
Father figure of the Austrian School of Economics
Social intention of Hayek's work
Hayek's gradual intellectual refinement
Influence of Hayek's ideas
What were your intellectual interests in post-World War Vienna?
Would you say the First World War had an impact on your later ideas?
In what direction did the breakup of the Austrian Empire lead you?
What do you mean by socialism is impossible in a technical sense?
How did socialists respond to your criticism?
Do you agree that allowing society to develop freely and spontaneously justifies a radical break with habits, customs and traditions?
Based on the criticism of selfishness in liberal societies, what role do you leave for altruism in this type of society?
How would a liberal individualist society deal with a steel worker who is dependent on this sector whose factory suddenly closes, or the case of a person with a chronic or mental illness?
What happens to people who do not have insurance and cannot count on welfare assistance?
Conclusions and summary