I tagged this onto another post on Friday and then it turned into a clumsy update and now a couple of wiseguys emailed and wanted to know if Salma Hayek was related to Frederich Hayek, and so we have a new post instead.
Courtesy of Liberty Fund and IHS, Mrs TWC is being pampered with an all-expense-paid weekend in Washington DC where she and about a score of others will spend the weekend kicking around the ideas of Frederich Hayek, author of The Fatal Conceit and The Road to Serfdom. I know, it's a tough break, but she's dedicated.
Salma Hayek? Is there a connection to Frederich Hayek?
Probably not, but one can never tell. "Hayek" is a Czech name, Hájek. Since F.A. Hayek was Austrian, it is not at all surprising that he might have a Czech, or Bohemian, name, since Bohemia was long part of the Hapsburg domains of Austria. With Salma, we have something else. She was born in Mexico. It is reported that her father was Lebanese and her mother Spanish. There is a name in Arabic that could be rendered "Hayek," H.â'ik ("Weaver"), so perhaps that is it. Now, there are many German, even Bohemian, immigrants to Mexico. There is even a "Bohemia" beer made in Mexico. The existence of Mexican Czech Hayeks is thus to be expected. Such an origin of Salma's name would not be surprising, but apparently the explanation is her Lebanese connection instead.
tip of the glass to Friesian.com for the genealogy lesson.
The Salma Hayek v Frederich Hayek scorecard is here.
The Reader's Digest condensed version of The Road to Serfdom can be downloaded in .PDF format here.
A 60th anniversary edition of The Road to Serfdom is available at Laissez Faire Books.
This is an interesting version of The Road to Serfdom that was originally published as a booklet by General Motors (Thought Starter Series) and it also appeared in Look Magazine (there's a blast from the past). Frankly, TWC is surprised because I thought those guys at GM were always centrist-leaning supporters of big government's control of the economy through trade restrictions, regulations, and corporate welfare schemes. GM does Hayek. Go Figure.
tip of the glass to the Mises Institute for putting the booklet online.
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