When the Koch Brothers, founders of libertarian think tanks such as the Cato Institute, who were tasked to draw up plans for the destruction of social security and medicare wanted F. A. Hayek to come to the US to speak, they ran into a problem. Hayek was an economist and one of the founders of the modern libertarian-free-market movement, but when he was asked to come to the US, he was sick at the time and was afraid to leave Austria where he had access to their universal healthcare system and he couldn't afford to come here where there was no such system.
Charles Kock wrote a letter to him in 1973, promising him they would help set him up with social security and medicare because he paid into the system when in the US on a previous stay. This helped convince Hayek to travel and get the healthcare he needed so he could speak about the evils of such government social programs like the one he left in Austria and those he was recieving in the US to further the movement the Koch brothers have funneled money into since the 70's.
But the exchange between Koch and Hayek exposes the bad-faith nature of
their public arguments. In private, Koch expresses confidence in Social
Security’s ability to care for a clearly worried Hayek. He and his
fellow IHS libertarians repeatedly assure Hayek that his
government-funded coverage in the United States would be adequate for
his medical needs. None of them -- not Koch, Hayek or the other libertarians
at the IHS -- express anything remotely resembling shame or unease at such
a betrayal of their public ideals and writings. Nowhere do they worry
that by opting into and taking advantage of Social Security programs
they might be hastening a socialist takeover of America. It’s simply a
given that Social Security and Medicare work, and therefore should be
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