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‘Dictatorial Democracy,’ the Four Habsburg Estates, and ‘The Ethical Foundations of a Free Society’

  • Robert Leeson
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Abstract

Hayek ‘sometimes’ wished he ‘could return to psychology, I have so many ideas in that field.’ He must have reflected about the sociopathic, or aristocratic, trance in which he held his ‘secondhand dealers in opinions’—and how easily they were deceived. Hayek emphasized to his Mont Pelerin Society the ‘moral inheritance which is an explanation of the dominance of the western world, a moral inheritance which consists essentially in the belief in property, honesty and the family.’ He sought to preserve his own dominance through a rules-based ‘dictatorial democracy’ (a concept he may have plagiarized from Chairman Mao): it would take a ‘very long period’ for Mises’ ‘knout’ and ‘prison camp’ to ‘clean’ the United States. In addition to abandoning his family and stealing from tax-exempt educational charities to maintain his aristocratic lifestyle, Hayek—a tax-evading multi-millionaire—refused to pay his secretary (1977–1992), Charlotte Cubitt, because he ‘didn’t have the means.’

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