A classic work in political philosophy, intellectual history and economics, The Road to Serfdom has inspired and infuriated politicians and scholars for half a century. Originally published in 1944, it was seen as heretical for its passionate warning against the dangers of state control over the means of production. For Hayek, the collectivist idea of empowering government with increasing economic control would lead not to a utopia but to the horrors of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

This new edition includes a foreword by series editor and leading Hayek scholar Bruce Caldwell explaining the book's origins and publishing history and assessing common misinterpretations of Hayek's thought.  Caldwell has also standardized and corrected Hayek's references and added helpful new explanatory notes.  Supplemented with an appendix of related materials and forewords to earlier editions by the likes of Milton Friedman, and Hayek himself, this new edition of The Road to Serfdom will be the definitive version of Friedrich Hayek's enduring masterwork.

chapter |35 pages


chapter |1 pages


chapter |2 pages

Preface to the Original Editions

chapter |4 pages

Preface to the 1976 Edition

chapter |8 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

One The Abandoned Road

chapter 2|7 pages

Two The Great Utopia

chapter 3|8 pages

Three Individualism and Collectivism

chapter 4|9 pages

Four The “Inevitability”of Planning

chapter 5|12 pages

Five Planning and Democracy

chapter 6|12 pages

Six Planning and the Rule of Law

chapter 7|10 pages

Seven Economic Control and Totalitarianism

chapter 8|13 pages

Eight Who, Whom?

chapter 9|10 pages

Nine Security and Freedom

chapter 10|14 pages

Ten Why the Worst Get on Top

chapter 11|10 pages

Eleven The End of Truth

chapter 12|12 pages

Twelve The Socialist Roots of Naziism

chapter 13|17 pages

Thirteen The Totalitarians in Our Midst

chapter 15|14 pages

Fifteen The Prospects of International Order

chapter 6|2 pages

Sixteen Conclusion