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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Hannan Narrator: Gildart Jackson Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In March 2009 British conservative Daniel Hannan became an overnight celebrity 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 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 us down the road to EU-style social democracy. Instead, he pleads with Americans not to abandon the founding principles that made their country a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 2/20/2014

    " As I prepare to move to London, it's nice to know there is at least one British politician who I can respect on that side of the Atlantic. In this quick read, MP Daniel Hannan warns his American cousins to abandon our present path toward emulating the European model of social democracy. By contrasting the founding documents, the process by which they were implemented, and political and social consequences of the EU and the US systems, Hannan builds a strong case for why America needs to stand true to our founding principles and reject the EU model. As cynical as I am about American politics, and as broken as our system may be, I have come away from this book with a much better appreciation for the political process in the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ray | 2/19/2014

    " This book, by British MP Daniel Hannan, is as Rhonda said in her review from 1/23/12, "... a warning to the American people about not abandoning our founding principles of freedom which will lead us into socialism". It contains a few interesting perspectives, but for the most part, I found it slow and dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeanne Brown | 2/15/2014

    " Very thought provoking and insightful. Hannon is the only conservative in the EU and his perspective as a British born politician is enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chris | 2/8/2014

    " I was a bit hesitant to read this book. After all, books by American politicians are a but underwhelming, to say the least. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. Daniel Hannan, a British MP, has written a thoughtful and engaging book. Hannan compares the American political system with the European system and warns the U.S. not to pursue the European path. I have never really paid much attention to European politics, but as bad as I sometimes think American politics is, the European system does appear to be worse due to things such as closed primaries, voting for lists of candidates (making it impossible for senior politicians to be defeated-at least hypothetically Barney Frank could lose a primary), and surrendering national sovereignty via the European Union. Hannan rightly connects the latter with states surrendering sovereignty to the federal government. I have often wondered how many words the U.S. Constitution would be if it was written today. Hannan provides a hint of an answer when he points out that the EU Constitution contains 76,000 words, in contrast with the 7,200 words of the U.S. Constitution, and contains such "rights" as the right to strike, the right to free health care, and the right to affordable housing. Sadly, I do not thing this matters much because it does not seem like the U.S. Constitution does much to constrain our present government, besides doing something really blatant like banning free speech. I mean, it took a constitutional amendment to ban alcohol. Does anyone seriously think it would take another one to ban it again? The FDA would just declare alcohol a drug and regulate it, or Congress would just vote to ban it (like it does pot). Unsurprisingly, Hannan is opposed to government run health care. But, it is a nice surprise that he gives props to the Singapore health care system which is comprised of health savings accounts coupled with catastrophic insurance coverage. Singapore spends a fraction, in terms of GDP does, on health care and has better health outcomes. Too often, American politicians rail against "Obamacare" without providing an alternative, as if the status quo is sustainable. Hannan also warns of the passing of legislative powers from elected officials to elected bureaucrats. This is common in Britain and sadly common in America, where bills such as Dodd-Frank are passed with gaps and the gaps later filled in by the regulatory agencies. What legislator would pass a bill that has yet to be written? It is unbelievable, when you think of it. Hannan's case is strong, but reading the book it becomes sadly clear that the U.S. is moving down the European path. Churchill once said that "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” I think it should be updated to say "You can always count on Americans to do the European thing-after they've seen the European thing doesn't work." One European thing I would like the Americans to do is elect enough Daniel Hannans to Congress to get a veto-proof majority :o) "

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