Principium Volume II, Book 10, Quote 1024, 1025, and 1028

1024. (12-2-2010) Knowledge, once achieved, becomes gratuitously available for the benefit of all. It is through this free gift of the knowledge acquired by the experiments of some members of society that general progress is made possible, that achievements of those who have gone before facilitate the advance of those who follow.

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


1025. (12-2-2010) All the conveniences of a comfortable home, of our means of transportation and communication, of entertainment and enjoyment, we could produce at first only in limited quantities; but it was in doing this that we gradually learned to make them or similar things at a much smaller outlay of resources and thus became able to supply them to the great majority. A large part of the expenditure of the rich, though not intended for that end, thus serves to defray the cost of the experimentation with the new things that, as a result, can later be made available to the poor.

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


1028. (12-3-2010) In the long run, the existence of groups ahead of the rest is clearly an advantage to those who are behind, in the same way that, if we could suddenly draw on the more advanced knowledge which some other men on a previously unknown continent or on another planet had gained under more favorable conditions, we would all profit greatly.

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


(Think of all the inventions from the United States or any country that have been stolen or given to all the countries of the world and how they have all benefitted.)ATJ

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