Hayek’s “Why I Am Not a Conservative”
From a recent — and typically funny, snotty and merciless — Christopher Hitchens review of David Mamet’s new book, I came across this essay from F.A., which I’d never even heard of before, much less read.
I know there are some serious Hayek-heads ’round these parts, so I was wondering if anyone had some cents they’d like to share on the essay. Is it, to your mind, little different from Friedman’s declarations of being a “classical liberal”; or is there something different and perhaps more interesting going on here?
And one last Q: is it just me, or does not this essay at times sound eerily similar to the proclamations of conservative apostates like Andrew Sullivan and David Frum? If so, what does that tell us about how conservatism has and hasn’t changed in the interval between Hayek and now?