“There are few greater dangers to political stability than the existence of an intellectual proletariat who find no outlet for their learning.” (Constitution of Liberty, p. 506)
Discovery of the day: Corey Robin (of whom I’m a fan) is now on Tumblr. Also, this quote is amazing. If there’s one thing I am, it’s an intellectual prole with only a Tumblr account as an outlet for this sort of thing. I mean, have you tried discussing politics on Facebook?
Also, the quote above is on page 383 in my copy of The Constitution of Liberty. I was really into Hayek many years ago, but never actually read more than a couple pages of it, due to how cheap the typesetting in it is. Literally difficult to read. Looks like they’ve fixed that problem, as the fact that recent economic history has shown Hayek to be completely wrong has led to a resurgence of interest in his work, and the book’s got a fancy new edition.