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The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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Daniel Hannan...spells out the dangers, brilliantly summarizes the state of play, and shows exactly why the American Constitution both deserves and needs protection from the new ruling class. (American Spectator)
“Conservatives, libertarians, independents, progressives and just about anyone can find something to like in The New Road to Serfdom.” (Huntington News)
Cleverly written, witty, and worldly...a must read for anyone in the Tea Party movement or with an interest in American politics. (Blogcritics Books)
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A prominent British conservative warns Americans to stop President Obama from leading their country down the path to European-style socialism.
In March 2009, British conservative Daniel Hannan became a celebrity overnight when he assailed prime minister Gordon Brown on the floor of the European Parliament. The YouTube clip went viral, leading to whirlwind appearances on FOX News and other conservative media outlets. A thoughtful and articulate spokesman for conservative ideas, Hannan is better versed in America's traditions and founding documents than many Americans are. In The New Road to Serfdom, Hannan argues forcefully and passionately that Americans must not allow Barack Obama to take them down the road to European Union–style social democracy. He pleads with Americans not to abandon the founding principles that have made their country a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world.
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It also explains the basis for criticisms from around the globe, which are basically existential.
Hannan makes the case that the world speaks against us because they cannot understand our basic system, in which "We the People" make the decisions in the US, why we exalt the individual; other governments around the world accept dictates by government officials; he makes his case well. He also demonstrates his point in Ireland, where they twice voted against the referendum to join the EU; on the third go-around, the EU simply declared that the results of the referendum would NOT be the basis for Ireland's membership in the EU; they virtually decreed its membership!
The real danger is that once governments gain various powers, they are almost never yielded back to the people, and also pointed our the one administration can fundamentally change our government irreversibly, Both Roosevelts, George Bush, and now Obama are prime examples.
We're headed towards an all powerful Federal government, with power increasingly handed over to un-elected"regulatory" bureaucrats appointed by the president; the only force stopping for stopping this trend is the intrinsic belief we each have in our government's basic premise: decisions in the US are made by the democratic process.
It's a very important read.
Suffice it to say that I could go on, but then there'd be less reason to buy this compelling book.
I called Hannan charitable because, while he certainly dislikes where Obama is taking the USA (or where the Republic is asking Obama to take it), he never expressed ill will, and even humorously flips "birtherism" on its head by saying Obama wasn't born in Kenya but in Brussels. In other words, while Hannan does not think Obama hates America, he shows how Obama likes the European way much more than the American way.
I want to follow this book up with Gregg 's _Becoming Europe_, but will pass on Hannan's Encounter book on this topic, as I imagine the contents are largely the same. Then again, Hannan's more recent statements on the USA's European descent, in light of Obama's re-election, would be interesting, though the outcome probably renders his warning moot. The Republic is dead, long live the Republic.
This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to anyone concerned about our current state.
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Tom Brokaw's 'Greatest Generation' has been sadly betrayed.