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Jeffrey Folks

Michael Polanyi was born at a particularly inauspicious place and time: in Budapest, Hungary, in March of 1891, just as central Europe was heading toward two devastating world wars, economic collapse, and a half-century of communist totalitarianism.  On top of this, Polanyi was a Jew who most certainly would have been killed had he not fled to England in 1933.

If he had been murdered by the Nazis, the world would have lost one of its great modern polymaths: a scholar who conducted research in chemistry, economics, and ethics and who understood the rise of tyranny better than almost anyone.  Among his fourteen books, The Logic of Liberty is one of several that focus on totalitarianism.

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Polanyi’s defense of freedom and opposition to the centralized government was based on close observation of what was happening during his lifetime. Even after he fled Germany, where he was teaching, Polanyi was one of 2,300 persons on the Nazi “kill list” had they been able to conquer Britain. Communism was equally dangerous, as Polanyi realized during a 1936 lectureship in the Soviet Union.

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