Political Theory

George Bernard Shaw and Friedrich Hayek on Poverty, Socialism, and Human Nature


This conference examined basic economic, social, and anthropological questions through reading the plays and essays of George Bernard Shaw and the economic and philosophic writings of F. A. Hayek.


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The Trend of Economic Thinking

by By F. A. Hayek
Edited by W. W. Bartley, III and Stephen Kresge

In The Trend of Economic Thinking Hayek presents many of the figures that influenced the development of his economic thought. The articles range from well-known economists such as Mandeville, Hume, Smith, and Bastiat, to lesser-known figures such as Dupuit and Gossen, showing the breadth of Hayek’s study of the history…

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Socialism and War

by By F. A. Hayek
Edited by Bruce Caldwell

In the essays in this volume Hayek contributed to economic knowledge in the context of socialism and war, while providing an intellectual defense of a free society. The connection between the two topics is illuminated through essays containing some of Hayek’s contributions to the socialist-calculation debate, writings pertaining to war,…

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Additional Readings

Major Barbara. Directed by Gabriel Pascal. Criterion Collection: London, England, 2010. DVD.

Pygmalion. Directed by Leslie Howard. Criterion Collection: London, England, 2000 [1938]. DVD.

Hayek, F. A. Studies in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume XV: The Market and Other Orders. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People [Phoenix series]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty: The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume XVII). Edited by Ronald Hamowy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960, 2011.

Shaw, George Bernard. The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism. New York: Brentano’s Publishers, 1928.

Shaw, George Bernard, “Socialism: Principles and Outlook” In The Encyclopaedia Britannica, 13th Edition, London: The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company, Ltd., 1926. Page(s): 572-575.

Shaw, George Bernard. The Road to Equality: Ten Unpublished Lectures and Essays, 1884-1918. Edited by Louis Crompton with Hilayne Cavanaugh. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971.