Economic Freedom and Representative Government

"Economic Freedom and Representative Government," New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978.


“Thirty years ago I wrote a book which, in a manner which many regarded as unduly alarmist, described the danger that the then visible collectivist tendencies created for personal freedom. I am glad that these fears have so far not materialised, but I do not believe that this has proved me wrong. In the first instance, I did not, as many misunderstood me, contend that if a government interfered at all with economic affairs it was bound to go the whole way toward a totalitarian system. I was trying to argue rather what in more homely terms is expressed by saying ‘if you don’t mind your principles you will go to the devil.'”