In the second volume of Law, Legislation and Liberty Friedrich Hayek explained that he saw little point in engaging with Rawls’ Theory of Justice since "the differences between us seemed more verbal than substantial…" Many of his supporters find this surprising.
I’ve often wondered what Hayek would have said if you asked him directly about Rawls. Now I know.
Here’s a longer quote from Hayek’s The Mirage of Social Justice (Law Legislation and Liberty v2):
I have come to the conclusion that what I might have to say about John Rawls’ A theory of Justice (1972) would not assist in the pursuit of my immediate object because the differences between us seemed more verbal than substantial. Though the first impression of readers may be different, Rawls’ statement which I quote later in this volume (p. 100) seems to me to show that we agree on what is to me the essential point. Indeed, as I indicate in a note to that passage, it appears to me that Rawls has been widely misunderstood on this central issue (p xiii).