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In “The Road To Serfdom”, Friedrich A. Hayek recognized, in the rise of earlier totalitarian states, the template for the future evolution of social democracies of the West.  

Here’s some background and comments on the relevance of TRTS to the current debate over the role of government.  And here we are today: “… the more that government plans production and consumption, the more the diverse values and preferences of the citizenry must be homogenized and made to conform to an overarching ‘social’ scale of values that mirrors that hierarchy of ends captured in the central plan.”