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“Unless we can make the philosophic foundations of a free society once more a living intellectual issue, and its implementation a task which challenges the ingenuity and imagination of our liveliest minds, the prospects of freedom are indeed dark. But if we can regain that belief in the power of ideas which was the mark of liberalism at its best, the battle is not lost . . .” – F.A. Hayek




The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy
By Casey Mulligan

June 25, 2014





Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962
By Yang Jisheng

May 29, 2013

"Human memory is the ladder on which a country and a people advance. . .The authorities in a totalitarian system strive to conceal their faults and extol their merits, gloss over their errors and forcibly eradicate all memory of man-made calamity, darkness, and evil. . .I erect this tombstone so that people will remember and henceforth renounce manmade calamity, darkness, and evil." – Yang Jisheng


First Principles: Five Keys to Restoring America's Prosperity
By John B. Taylor

May 31, 2012
Why We Still Need to Read Hayek
By John B. Taylor
"A reform strategy built on more predictable, rules-based fiscal, monetary and regulatory policies will help restore economic prosperity. That will be a daunting task, of course, but as they undertake the necessary changes, reformers should pay close attention to what the great economist and philosopher Friedrich A. Hayek wrote in the middle years of the last century." – John Taylor


The Rational Optimist
By Matt Ridley

September 26, 2011
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
By Matt Ridley

"As Hayek understood, it is human collaboration that is necessary for society to work . . . the key feature of trade is that it enables us to work for each other not just for ourselves; that attempts at self-sufficiency are the true form of selfishness as well as the quick road to poverty; and that authoritarian, top-down rule is not the source of order or progress" – Matt Ridley


Money, Markets and Sovereignty
By Benn Steil and Manuel Hinds

November 30, 2010
Hayek and the Dangers of Monetary Nationalism
By Manuel Hinds
Towards a Common Sense Currency
By Benn Steil

“In Money, Markets and Sovereignty Manuel and I have tried, in the spirit of Hayek, to capture the good ideas which, over millennia, going back to the great Stoic thinkers of the ancient Hellenistic world, have been essential to creating sound law, sound money, and enduring international cooperation – ideas which underlay what Hayek called “the Great Society.” We hope in some small way to encourage a renewed interest in such ideas.” – Ben Steil


The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
By Amity Shlaes

November 19, 2009
The Forgotten Economy: This Recovery and the 1930s
By Amity Shlaes

“This is the hour of Hayek. More than any other, this moment in history reminds us of how right Hayek was that the incremental expansion of government is not benign. No matter what the stock market does, we have a sense that there is something disappointing about the quality of the recovery. The unemployment rate is rising into the double digits. Banks are accumulating excess reserves. Even the rise in the personal savings rate sends a signal of caution—Americans are still holding. Money is still sitting it out, waiting for a sign to enter the market.”


The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good
By William Easterly

October 23, 2008
Hayek vs. The Development Experts
By William Easterly

“Hayek knew he would be caricatured as a right-wing ideologue, even though his ideas did not fit into the stale partisan debate about markets versus government. He argued that the best system in the long run relied upon the creativity of individuals at the bottom who had both political and economic freedom. In a way I will describe below, Hayek saw both government and markets as functioning better the more they were the outcome of spontaneous development from the bottom up, with nobody in charge. It took courage to criticize top-down control after the scary calamities of the Depression, yet Hayek’s vision would be vindicated by subsequent events. How many of us will show similar intellectual courage in the midst of today’s financial crash?”


Liberalism Beyond Justice: Citizens Society and the Boundaries of Political Theory
By John Tomasi

June 20, 2007
Hayek on Spontaneous Order and the Mirage of Social Justice
By John Tomasi

“Sometimes, no doubt, there are basic differences of moral principle, and those must be confronted with bravery and resolve. But one lesson we can learn from Hayek is that things are often not so simple. Like Hayek, one can be against expansive governmental programs precisely because one is for social justice.”


The Road from Serfdom: The Economic and Political Consequences of the End of Communism
By Lord Robert Skidelsky

June 14, 2006
The Road to Serfdom Revisited
By Lord Robert Skidelsky

“Hayek's key message for us today is surely this: every new restriction or regulation should be judged by its effect not just on the problem that it is designed to solve or the danger that it is designed to avert but by its effect on the system of liberty as a whole. If we are blind to this, we will be left with a damaged system of liberty long after the particular problem or danger has passed away.”


The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
By Michael Novak

May 19, 2005
Islam Tests Democracy
By Michael Novak

“Following Lord Acton, Hayek in the epilogue to The Constitution of Liberty described himself as neither a “conservative” (which in those days meant, practically, landed gentry or Tory) nor a “progressive” (which in those days meant socialist or worse) but rather as a “Whig.” For Hayek, leaning on Acton, Whig meant the party of liberty, whose core concept, going back to Thomas Aquinas, is the beauty and dignity of the liberty of the human person.”

Hayek Book Prize
Finalists Announced


Amity Shlaes and Karen Dawisha discuss her book "Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?"

Amity Shlaes interviews Bruce Caldwell, editor of "The Market and Other Orders (The Collected Works of F.A. Hayek)," by F.A. Hayek

Howard Husock and Bill Easterly discuss his book, "The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor”

Jim Copland and Philip K. Howard discuss his book "The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government"

Nicole Gelinas and James Grant discuss his book "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself"



Questions about the Hayek Prize can be directed to Dean Ball at


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