Principium Volume II, Book 10, Quote 1016, 1018, and 1021

1016. (12-1-2010) Which individuals and which groups succeed and continue to exist depends as much on the goals that they pursue, the values that govern their action, as on the tools and capacities at their command. Whether a group will prosper or be extinguished depends as much on the ethical code it obeys, or the ideals of beauty or well-being that guide it, as on the degree to which it has learned or not learned to satisfy its material needs. Within any given society, particular groups may rise or decline according to the ends they pursue and the standards of conduct that they observe. And the ends of the successful group will tend to become the ends of all members of society.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

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(And if the end and the means to the ends of the successful group happen to be the adoption of wholesale licentiousness and wicked debauchery, the ends may well be the end of the civilization or society as a whole. This can be observed repeatedly throughout history, especially considering the Nephites and the Jaredites of The Book of Mormon.)ATJ


1018. (12-2-2010) To turn the whole of society into a single organization built and directed according to a single plan would be to extinguish the very forces (liberty)ATJ that shaped the individual human minds that planned it.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978


1021. (12-2-2010) Human reason can neither predict nor deliberately shape its own future. Its advances consist in finding out where it has been wrong.

- Friedrich A. Hayek – The Constitution of Liberty, 1978

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