Via The Australian:
KEVIN Rudd has renewed his attack on Friedrich Hayek, the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian economist whose views the Prime Minister claims underpinned the “brutopia” of John Howard’s term in office.
Mr Rudd’s fresh attack on Hayek came at a dinner attended by writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who in an interview with The Weekend Australian accused the Prime Minister of misinterpreting Hayek’s arguments about the supremacy of the free market.
[Mr Rudd claimed ](…) “We explicitly reject Hayek’s view that society has no obligation to others who are unknown to us, and Hayek’s preparedness to allow fundamental social institutions like the family to fend entirely for themselves against unrestrained market forces. That is why, for example, we have a different approach to industrial relations, because we believe families need certain fundamental protections in the workplace.”
After the dinner, the Somalian-born Hirsi Ali said she would send Mr Rudd a copy of Hayek’s seminal 1944 work The Road to Serfdom. “I know he’s a busy man, so I’ll highlight the relevant sections,” she said.