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4.1 out of 5 stars
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4.1 out of 5 stars


on 24 November 2010
I admit I am a fan of Daniel Hannan, his view of localism and libertarianism. Clearly this book was aimed at the American audience, but being a Brit with a basic grasp of US politics this book was still an interesting read. The book is pretty much a short (187 pages) discussion on the differences between US and EU/UK politics. Explaining the why the two are fundamentally different and why the US should not seek to 'Europeanise' it's own politics, Hannan draws on his experiences in the UK and the EU, and compares them with what happens (and why) in America. The arguments are well thought-out and fairly presented, and the writing style is deceptively straight-forward (i.e. it presents complicated views in a concise manner). The reason I didn't give this book 5 stars was because it seemed that it could have been a bit more in-depth, however all-in-all it was a good read that I would recommend to anyone, American or not.
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on 9 December 2010
There are two dangers that a free people must guard against.
The first is what Daniel Hannan terms the 'Retreat of Federalism'.
This means that more and more power is concentrated in Central Govenment, and thus further and further from the citizen.

The second danger comes from what Europeans call the Welfare State.
The mindset of such Social Democrats is to increase central power
and justify it on the grounds of delivering 'fairness' or fighting
poverty.

Daniel Hannan warns against these trends. He speaks from first hand experience of what is at the heart of a rotting Europe. He
prays that America remembers that its Constitution and thus its
Liberty is the foundation of its greatness.

Amen.
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on 19 July 2013
Daniel Hannan is one of the only Tories left, one day hopefully he will be Prime Minister.
An honest M.P. who tells it like it is, just what the Westminister Village Establishment certainly do not want to hear.
His advice for the US would be very good advice here
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on 10 April 2015
If only my own country of England would heed these words. Alas, I fear it will not come to pass.

The NHS is awful and this has some nice sources to prove that point.
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on 26 October 2016
Hannan still in good form!
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on 5 July 2014
Good!
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on 30 May 2016
.....predictable and extreme right-wing tosh.
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