Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Review of Law, Legislation and Liberty, Vol 2: The Mirage of Social Justice by Friedrich A. Hayek

This review is written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Law

Elaborate Description

'The Mirage of Social Justice' is a great book which describes how the term 'Justice' is used inappropriately. Justice can only look at actions of particular individuals, not a spontaneous order of events which were not determined by direction of an individual. When those who are hurt by condition use the phrase 'unjust', they can manipulate the authority to provide for their ends by taking away resources from those who gained. When an authority uses the term 'social justice', they inevitably take away freedom from those who benefited from their conditions. As people have different values for different services, it is not unjust that some services obtain a higher income than others. This book is amazing at showing how the individual can benefit society out of self-interest and that a group actually undermines the value derived from society. The only problem with this book is that some parts of it are not easy to read. It would have helped to provide examples to allow digestion of the material.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780226320830
Pages to read:   155
Publication:     1978
1st Edition:      1976
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    4
Content          5
Overall           5