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Laudato Si’: A Hayekian Perspective

Robert Subrick

Abstract


Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ contains a number of arguments that have striking similarities with the writings of F. A. Hayek. In particular Pope Francis’s concerns about humanity’s ability to adapt to rapid social and technological change compliment Hayek’s well-known arguments in The Road to Serfdom. Of course, Hayek would reject Pope Francis’s concerns about excessive consumerism, and he would question the Pontiff’s overly optimistic view of public sector officials. But overall, there are some notable similarities between the current Bishop of Rome and the Austrian economist that have gone unnoticed.

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