Professor Hayek on German Socialism

Hoselitz, B.F. “Professor Hayek on German Socialism.” The American Economic Review 35 (1945): 926–934.


“In chapter XI of his recent book, the Road to Serfdom, Prof. Hayek undertakes to show that the philosophy of German national socialism as it has its roots in the teachings and doctrines of German socialists. Prof. Hayek claims that ‘the support which brought these (national Socialist) ideas to power, came precisely from the socialist camp,’ that, at least in Germany, ‘the connection between nationalism and socialism was close from the beginning,’ and that ‘it was largely with the assistance of old socialists that the beginning which produced national socialism rose during this period.’  This paper will examine the correctness of these statements in the view of the political and economic ideology of German socialism.”