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Hayek vs. Asimov: Spontaneous Order or Failed Foundation

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Publication Date: January 1996

Publisher(s): Cato Institute

Author(s): Edward L. Hudgins

Topic: Government (Public officials)

Type: Report


Edward L. Hudgins is director of regulatory studies at the Cato Institute.

In the September/October issue of Renewing American Civilization, Frank Gregorsky, while suggesting that Gingrich probably has read some Hayek, maintains that other books offer a better understanding of the professor turned-Congressman's mind. At the top of the list: science fiction author Isaac Asimov's epic Foundation trilogy. Since the top Republican is quick to pass out reading lists to college and Congressional freshmen alike, this battle of the books merits serious attention.