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The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America Paperback – October 4, 2011
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“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)
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A thoughtful and articulate spokesman for conservative ideas, Daniel Hannan, a conservative British MEP, is better versed in America’s traditions and founding documents than are many Americans. In The New Road to Serfdom, Hannan argues forcefully and passionately that Americans must not allow Barack Obama to take us down the road to European Union–style social democracy. He pleads with Americans not to abandon the founding principles that have made our country a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world. In this updated edition, Hannan explores Barack Obama’s attitude toward Britain and offers an insightful analysis of what it reveals about Obama’s perception of our country, our Constitution, and our exceptionalism.
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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!
Hannan observes that the world is in danger of losing America as a shinning goal towards which to aspire because "the characteristics that once set America apart are being eliminated. The United States is becoming just another country."
The use of the word "Serfdom", as part of the title is quite telling. It is a word not common to the American lexicon, yet reveals the psyche of the European perspective from which Hannan's observations are made. "The New Road to Serfdom", as with F.A. Hayek's 1944 book "Road to Serfdom" is a timely warning to America of how the embracing of socialism and communism threatens to pull democracy and freedom back into a condition of serf and master.
The author would repair the crack in the Bell of Liberty and ring out "...that America stands for something. Your country actualizes an ideal" and should we shirk from the very ideals upon which our nation was founded, "all of us will be left the poorer."
Daniel Hannan clearly shows that while the Road to Serfdom is paved with liberal good intentions, it leads into a blind alley where prosperity is mugged and freedom is lost.
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.).Read more ›
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Great book. Hannen is a good read. Check out his related talks on YouTube.Published 3 months ago by S. Ashley
In this extremely well written, terse book, Hannan pleads with America not to follow the European system of government. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
POWERFUL ,CLEAR AND COMPELLING ACCOUNT /
DESCRIPTION AND WARNING , OF WHERE THE U S ON THE WAY TO SOCIALISM !
This book is a fantastic and realistic depiction of America in its current
state. As a non-US citizen I think he is bluntly accurate but not overly
critical of the... Read more