The Road to Serfdom Setting & Symbolism

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England

England was the center of intellectual thinking of economic and civil freedoms until the end of the 1800s. English thinking supported individual and economic freedoms as well as a society based on competition.

Germany

German thinking became the basis for the formation of socialism and socialist principles. Socialism is the natural successor to liberalism in the eyes of the German intelligentsia. They did not view socialism as anathema to individual freedom; they viewed it as a quicker way of achieving those freedoms. Since the existing socio-economic-politico apparatus doesn't work, it should be replaced with a different mechanism. This is what socialism and fascism represented.

France

The French are concerned with the unequal distribution of wealth. This is a problem that the Revolution didn't solve since they still have the nobility class. Socialism is viewed as a way of bringing about a more equal distribution of wealth in...

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