The Small Tribe and the Great Society

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Friedrich A. Hayek
1994 | Atlas Economic Research Foundation (UK) | Duration:..

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This video examines the advantages of Friedrich A. Hayek’s great society or extended order. The importance of traditions and the rules of behavior that emerge from traditions fascinated Hayek and he also recognized the critical role freedom plays in everyday decisions and actions. Hayek challenges centralization by demonstrating how communities interact with one another efficiently and blames government coercion for the destruction of social order and spontaneity.
Atlas Economic Research Foundation (UK)
Digitized by New Media-UFM.  Guatemala, March 2011
Director: Suzanne Campbell-Jones; narrator: Eben Wilson; Hayek: Wolf Kahler; research: Kate Riley, David Mansanares, Sarah Penny, Peter Watts; stills research: John Raybould; production manager: Deborah Kermode; production accountant: Rebecca Philpott; sound: Steeve Beech, John Collins, Alfonso Porres, Mark Ritchie, Eric Williams; dubbing mixer: Andrew Sears; camera: Jeff Cordia, Guillermo Escalon, Chip Goebert, Tim Johnson, Tom Zannes; on-line editor: Bill Ogden; editor: Paul Bernays; written and produced by: Eben Wilson

Conversion: Mario Estrada; index: Sergio Bustamante; content reviser: Sofía Díaz; publication: Daphne Ortiz, Sofía Díaz
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Initial credits
Introduction by Norman Barry
Extended societies according to Friedrich A. Hayek
Extended order in the large society
Societies in the American Southwest
Illusion of self-sufficient communities
Primitive tribal past
Importance of traditions
Social cooperation and authority in society
Quote Friedrich A. Hayek
Abstract rules and discovered traditions
Freedom to choose
Honesty and trade as a source for cooperation
Progress of man through productive traditions
Evolution of traditions and general rules
Symbolic truth in religion
Evolution of formal rules

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