Hayek and Philanthropy

Conversations on Philanthropy

As Hayekians our thoughts naturally turned to what, if anything, Hayek might have to say on the topic of philanthropy . . . It must be conceded that Hayek’s critique of philanthropy is a rather strange affair . . . The references to Aristotle and to Aristotelian socialism reflect Hayek’s disregard for the niceties of intellectual history . . . Hayek’s view is not an absurd view, but it does run counter to some intuitive cases which are merely abused by being called “atavistic.”