December 24, 2012
When Steve Jobs Met Nietzsche von Hayek

Alex Gourevitch dug this one up for my Nietzsche von Hayek files.  It’s from Apple’s “Think Different”/”Crazy Ones" ad campaign:

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

October 28, 2012
Even More Nietzsche von Hayek


A higher culture can come into existence only where there are two different castes in society: that of the workers and that of the idle, of those capable of true leisure; or, expressed more vigorously: the caste compelled to work and the caste that works if it wants to. (Human, All Too Human, §439)


…only from an advanced position does the next range of desires and possibilities become visible, so that the selection of new goals and the effort toward their achievement will begin long before the majority can strive for them….it is necessary that the developments that will bear fruit for the masses in twenty or fifty years’ time should be guided by the views of people who are already in the position of enjoying them.

What today may seem extravagance or even waste, because it is enjoyed by the few and even undreamed of by the masses, is payment for the experimentation with a style of living that will eventually be available to the many. The range of what will be tried and later developed, the fund of experience that will become available to all, is greatly extended by the unequal distribution of present benefits… (Constitution of Liberty, pp. 97-98)


The noble type of man experiences itself as determining values…it is value-creating. (Beyond Good and Evil, §260)

October 15, 2012
Nietzsche von Hayek

The “economic motive,” writes Hayek in The Road to Serfdom, is “the desire for power to achieve unspecified ends.” Money, he adds, is “the medium through which a force [the economic motive] makes itself felt.”

Also, while we’re on the subject of Nietzsche and Hayek, there’s this:

Nietzsche: “When a worker says to a wealthy manufacturer, ‘you do not deserve your happiness,’ he is correct; his conclusions from that, however, are false. No one deserves his happiness, no one his unhappiness.”

Hayek: “In a free system it is neither desirable nor practicable that material rewards should be made generally to correspond to what men recognize as merit…it is an essential characteristic of a free society that an individual’s position should not necessarily depend on the views that his fellows hold about the merit he has acquired….the value which a person’s capacities or serves have for us and for which he is recompensed has little relation to anything that we can call moral merit or deserts.”

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October 12, 2012
We Don’t Need No Education

Hayek: “A society that wishes to get a maximum economic return from a limited expenditure on education should concentrate on the higher education of a comparatively small elite, which today would mean increasing that part of the population getting the most advanced type of education rather than prolonging education for large numbers.” The Constitution of Liberty, pp. 504-505

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October 10, 2012
I Was For It Before I Was Against It

Reading this passage from Hayek in the wake of the CTU strike was…odd.

In few other areas are progressives so little willing to consider the reasonableness of any particular measure but generally ask only whether it is “for or against unions” or, as it is usually put, “for or against labor.”

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