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Hayek is in the news again due to the auctioning of some of his personal items, including his Nobel Prize medal but also his edition of The Wealth of Nations. The results from the auction were quite impressive.  It is in my self-interest to point out that last fall I published a book on Hayekian ideas in the Great Thinkers in Economics series with Palgrave/Macmillan. But, today I want to provide links to the videos produced by Fraser Institute and the book by Don Boudreaux that is the source for the videos.  This would be a great introduction to any student and general audience to the ideas of Hayek so please pass it on to others. [embedded content] For the entire video series and a link to download Don's wonderful book see ... [embedded content] Hayek's message is, I

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Hayek is in the news again due to the auctioning of some of his personal items, including his Nobel Prize medal but also his edition of The Wealth of Nations. The results from the auction were quite impressive

It is in my self-interest to point out that last fall I published a book on Hayekian ideas in the Great Thinkers in Economics series with Palgrave/Macmillan.

But, today I want to provide links to the videos produced by Fraser Institute and the book by Don Boudreaux that is the source for the videos.  This would be a great introduction to any student and general audience to the ideas of Hayek so please pass it on to others.

For the entire video series and a link to download Don's wonderful book see ...

Hayek's message is, I would obviously argue, not only timeless, but has evolutionary potential in the social sciences and humanities which is extremely promising. He may have lived and worked in the 20th century, and he may have been attracted to thinking about 18th and 19th century liberalism, but his ideas -- methodologically, analytically, and ideologically -- are perhaps most appropriate for the 21st century. His ideas, I would argue, not only speak to us today, but have great evolutionary potential as we seek to understand and wrestling with the complexities and social dilemmas that must be addressed if we are to make progress.

Don Boudreaux's basic introduction to Hayek and his ideas is a fantastic place to start.

Peter Boettke
Peter Joseph Boettke (January 3, 1960) is an American economist of the Austrian School. He is currently a University Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University; the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism, Vice President for Research, and Director of the F.A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at GMU.

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