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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 showsexactly why the American Constitution both deserves and needs protection from the newruling class. (American Spectator)
“Conservatives, libertarians, independents, progressives and just about anyone canfind 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)
From the Back Cover
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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Daniel Hannan understands American politics better than our own politicians! Full of awesome facts. I love how he compares the American system to the UK Parliament. I'm shocked to learn brit's no longer able to vote for judges, sheriffs, school officials, etc. All appointed now, impossible to remove. A real eye opener. He cites hundreds of examples of failed socialist policies.
He makes many arguments by example why we do NOT want to turn into a European style government. He brutally and candidly points out the failings of the brit's system, and then shows how Obama and the socialist progressives are going right down the same dismal path. He's clear and to the point, reminds me of Gov. Chris Christie. A bold fresh view from across the pond.
I was surprised to hear the average brit has disdain for the American Christian Right. Liberals over there have been attacking conservatives and christians for much longer than in the states. They have taken entitlements to beyond extreme, destroying their country. Daniel will catch holy hell by his fellow brits for this book!
I'm taking this book to work tomorrow, to find somebody else that wants to read it. This is one of the best books I've read in years, and I read them all. I put this one up there with "The Great One's" Mark Levin "Liberty and Tyranny", another book I read in one sitting.
Brilliantly written. Flows excellent. The whole book is well thought out, continuously building one point upon the next. An easy read. Inspiring. I'm still smiling. I might read this again!
The New Road to Serfdom is as much about Europe (The EU in particular and the current state of British politics generally), as the US. Contrasting the two Mr. Hannan clearly makes his point of warning where the US may be heading. Along the way, I gained a new appreciation about the US, and being an American. It is simply refreshing to see through the eyes of an intelligent and sympathetic Englishman some clear, simple and basic American characteristics, like what it means to be an American (optimism, generosity and love of Freedom and Liberty), and (more importantly in today's culture) "un-American", as well as the remarkable and unique history and form of American democracy (which many of us probably take for granted).
Overall the book is light on philosophy, apparently following the K.I.S.S. principle (leaving it up to us to read the Hayek original or other related works by other scholars like Rothbard or Sowell - see especially the short and easy to understand The Quest for Cosmic Justice, where Sowell expands on Hayek's criticism of the ideal of 'social justice', the "vision of the anointed", which fits Hannan's description of the modern Euroenthusiast to the tee.). I may disagree with a point or two (probably done out of civil politeness to his American audience - such as including the old PC canard that Northern troops fought to free the slaves, and general disregard of Lincoln's earlier push to consolidate supreme centralized power, giving Roosevelt the First credit for that instead).
This is a short and easy to read book, and thus especially good for the average busy American. (I can see business people wanting a refresher on American and European values - easily completed in a transatlantic flight, and high school students needing to understand what is still special about being an American; to the point and able to cut through the drab and convoluted fare they are served in school - benefiting the most. Along these same lines How Capitalism Saved America: The Untold History of Our Country, from the Pilgrims to the Present by Dilorenzo is a great short and simple primer/reminder.)
Anytime we may doubt the simple eloquence and beauty of our Constitution, all we have to do is look to Europe - the place we were so determined to get independence from 235 years ago. The lesson is surely just as important today!