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Hayek Pulls a Tolstoy



February 19, 2010 – Comments (2)

Remember when Tolstoy's Anna Karenina became a bestseller years ago after Oprah recommended it for her book club? OK, F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom may not be doing quite that well, but apparently sales of the book are taking off. These are achievements that are pretty darn good for a couple of authors who are no longer with us, particularly for Hayek, seeing how he was an economist, right? That's not exactly the kind of reading you'd think would be taking off with an American public that supposedly doesn't even like to read all that much.

Here's an interesting article about the book's recent surge in interest. (Also embedded in the article is the awesome -- and even informative -- Keynes vs. Hayek rap video.) Duly noted in the article is that The Road to Serfdom is, for a book dealing with economic philosophy, also a pretty accessible read.

I thought this was worth sharing, because it's very cool. And The Road to Serfdom is one of my personal favorites, too. (So is Anna Karenina, come to think of it.) 

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#1) On February 19, 2010 at 2:07 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:

750,000+ views for a rap battle between two dead economists.  I'd say that is one very successful video!

Yeah, I watched it like six times in a row when I found it =D

David in Qatar

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#2) On February 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM, TMFLomax (89.83) wrote:

I know, David! It is truly awesome. So yeah, pulling a Tolstoy AND being a viral video success! That is some heartening stuff! :D (And yeah... that youtube clip is definitely due many repeat views!!)

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