- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465031218
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There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Berlinski was inspired to answer several important questions:
1. How do some people become larger than life?
2. Why did Thatcher?
3. Does she matter now and will her legacy endure?
1. Political figures who are larger than life have two rare gifts. First, they are able to perceive the gathering of historical forces in a way their contemporaries are unable to do. And second, when promoted to power, they are able to master these historical forces.
2. Thatcher, one of the most vigorous, determined, and successful enemies of socialism the world has ever known, reversed the terminal decline of Britain, which was considered when she entered office as the sick man of Europe. Thatcher conveyed through words and actions a thesis: Britain's decline was not an inevitable fate, but a punishment for the sins of socialism. The UK had ceased to be great because it had ceased to be virtuous.
3. She also matters because she is a woman. She addressed things that no woman before her had achieved - turning every conventional expectation of women upside down. She refuted several millennia's work of assumptions about women, power, and women in power.
4. She does matter today as her battles are not over. Many predicted prematurely that socialism was buried. Many today have forgotten that the appeal of socialism as a political program is ultimately seductive and enduring. Wherever people are miserable, they will be vulnerable to those who promise utopia. The promises of socialism will never lose their capacity to inspire.
Berlinski predicts Thatcher's ideas and personality will assume a greater significance over time. "She perceived the forces of darkness and overcame them through mastery. These forces are still at work. They must again be mastered....and this why she matters to all of us."
With "There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters," the reader will gain not only insights into Thatcher and her accomplishments (which are told in great detail with great relish) but also will gain important insights on the truth of liberty and the lie of expansive government. This is a must read for all Americans interested in true, classical liberalism.