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  • Series: Encounter Broadsides (Book 19)
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594035601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594035609
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on March 20, 2011
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Like many moderately intelligent (but ill-informed) teenagers, I spent much of my high school career imagining myself as socialist rebel. And like many since, I defended my beliefs by pointed to various countries in Europe as an example of how successful the "democratic socialist" model was. And then I grew up. But the argument that Americans should emulate Europe persist, and our current President is a strong advocate of policies that would make the United States more like the European Union. He has already reversed the 1996 welfare reforms of Bill Clinton (the last president to make any significant free market reforms), he has signed legislation to advance the process of state run health care, and, having failed to get our Congress to pass a burdensome Cap and Trade bill on "carbon" emissions, has authorized the EPA to regulate carbon even more severely to the detriment of energy production and economic growth. If the latter policies are not soon reversed, the time will soon come when $5 a gallon for gasoline will seem like a bargain. But what of it? Critics of American policies will respond that Europeans have long paid high gasoline prices and they are prosperous. Why should we not follow their lead? The answer is because the European approach has not been nearly as successful as various left wing ideologues would like to believe. In fact, absent US subsidies, Europe would be even poorer than its current declining standard of living suggests.

Of course, these facts are not widely known, and are rarely reported. But this delightful little book by Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament, takes apart many of the myths that idealistic members of the left promote.
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By Kathy Edens on October 3, 2012
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This is a thin volume that scared the bejeebies out of me as I see our country following the same path Europe has taken and feel there is nothing I can do to stop it. The U.S. has reached a tipping point where half of its people vote to preserve their government subsidies to the detriment of the other half. Those that pay and pay have little chance to reverse course because as more and more start feeding at the government trough, the payers become fewer and fewer. This is a sad and scary book that all politicians should.....but won't.....read.
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The short and sweet of it considering that this is not a long book is that it provides evidence of the failure of trying to have everyone be equal and the consequences for everyone else when the government is involved in helping people.
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Outstanding book and an easy read. If this were read by every senator and member of congress, our country would be a lot better off!
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Europe sets no example for the United States. Europe, especially continental Europe, has a long history of creating huge messes -- two world wars, just to begin with. Then they created these welfare states that are so wonderful that the inhabitants are not having enough children to maintain the population.

England has a much better history -- no dictators, no gulags, no mass slaughter of the innocent -- but the English surely fell for the welfare state, hook line and sinker. Daniel Hannan has lived with it, and he is simply warning us: "Don't do that."

Unfortunately, the man in the White House is NOT listening.
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Interesting conservative critique of both the US and EU (especially British) political and social developments over the past 40 to 50 years or so. The problems (plural) are that the author cherry-picks data to suit his arguments, masks opinions as facts, and ignores data that contradicts his assertions. In some cases, there are flat-out errors of facts. For example (page 23) he asserts that the US Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") has a Federally administered "government option" alongside private health insurance. In fact, the government option was never enacted. His data on unemployment rates only extend to 2009 -- the year of the worst recession in the US since 1929. Also, he agglomerates unemployment rates for the entire EU and compares it to the US. But EU unemployment rates are distorted by the very high (20% +) rates in countries such as Greece, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. Today (2015) the unemployment rates in European countries such as Germany, Finland, Netherlands, and Norway are LOWER than the unemployment rate in the US. His critiques of the health care systems in Europe ignores issues such as the lower rates of infant mortality and higher median life spans in Europe compared to the US. There are undoubtedly many criticisms that can be made of the current European and American political, economic, and health care systems -- but this book doesn't do a very good job of it. The issues the author discusses are good, but his arguments are in many cases just plain poor. One final observation: given the large number of very positive reviews (4 and 5 star) that this book has received from other reviewers, I am pretty sure that my comments will not receive many "helpful" review responses.
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The good news is this was a very fast read. The bad news is that this was a very fast read. Daniel Hannan is an Englishman who is also a MP (Member of Parliament) for the EU. As such, he has some very interesting perspectives and opinions on what is happening there as well as what he observes happening here in the US. He sees America following down the same path that much of Europe has already gone down with the resulting financial problems created along with more and more social programs. He wrote this book as a warning to the US to not go down that same path. I also learned a few little known but interesting facts about America. For example, I had always been told that Paul Revere road through towns shouting "The British are coming!" He rightly points out that that makes no sense because American colonists still considered themselves British citizens. What he actually said was "the regulars are out!" meaning the British regular army troops. The only negative thing for me was that the book was way too short.
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