The Road to Serfdom is a best-selling political philosophy book by Friedrich Hayek first published in England on 10 March 1944. Reader's Digest published a condensed version in April 1945. It was dedicated "To the socialists of all parties. In it, Hayek criticized the central planning efforts undertaken by nations towards the end of World War II and warned that abandoning individualism and "the principle of laissez faire" would lead to tyranny.
In a 1978 interview with Leo Rosten, Hayek explained that the title's idea came from Alexis de Tocqueville who spoke about "the road to servitude".
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