Hayek’s human subject is so bereft of human qualities she smacks of caricature. If he or she is the presumptive bearer of our democratic freedoms, God help us all.
The market is for Hayek the underlying mechanism, the venue, the invisible hand which miraculously transforms all the unenlightened and shortsighted individual decisions for the good of all.
Cooperative communities based on mutual aid and cooperation, have been around since the beginning of time, and they’ve been known to be successful. Hayek’s inattention to this fact speaks volumes.
In time, the state was forced to function, at least de jure if not de facto, as a guarantor of the rights of the new constituents: it had become what’s come to be known as the liberal state.
Hayek’s gravest error: the contrast of his brand of individualism with socialism or collectivism. It’s a totally modern conception, unheard of in Hobbes’s own time, and it displays Hayek’s modern bias.
As far as I am concerned, one’s intellectual development cannot be complete without taking full account of a reasoned, conservative viewpoint, regardless of your personal viewpoint.