Don Boudreaux reminds us that it is Hayek's 109th birthday today. Following Don's lead, I'll celebrate with one of my favorite Hayek quotes:
"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." (The Fatal Conceit, p. 76)
Hayek could have easily substituted "the social sciences" for economics in that statement.
Few humans can say they have profoundly changed the world of ideas and the world in which they live. Hayek is one of them, and a good hunk of humanity is better off for it. And they could be better yet if Hayek's work (along with Mises and all the rest) were to have even more influence than it has already.
The world would also be a better place were more people to emulate Hayek as a model of scholarship and civility. We need more people willing to start with the assumption that those who disagree with them are only guilty of intellectual error rather than maliciousness or stupidity.
Let's also hope that this century is the century of freedom and spontaneous order rather than statism and scientism.
And feel free to use the comments to add your own favorite Hayek quotes.