Last year I read Hayek's The Road to Serfdom for the first time. This week I've been reading it again, at odd moments. Two things come to mind. First, he nails the dangers of socialism, by whatever name it decides to appropriate for itself, liberalism, collectivism, progressivism. Second, that man was smarter than me. The second is a particularly difficult admission for me to make, as ever since I got a law degree, like all lawyers, I've been dead certain of my unique cleverness. ( I only suspected it before the degree.)
I recommend the book, particularly in these times when politics seems to look less like the art of the possible based on facts and shared objectives, and more like a simple craft of invective and accusation, based on some sort of weird tribal association and nothing more.