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A worthwhile essay,
This review is from: Ill Fares The Land: A Treatise On Our Present Discontents (Hardcover)
This book is really a long essay - it can be read in an afternoon. Due to the author's infirmity, it was dictated rather than written, which may contribute to its rather meditative feel. It is a discussion of social democracy - what it gave us, how it was taken from us, and why we should still see it as an objective we should pursue. On page 224 (the book is double spaced) the author says - `Incremental improvements upon unsatisfactory circumstances are the best that we can hope for .........Others have spent the last three decades methodically unravelling and destabilising them: this should make us much angrier that we are' - I think he could have been rather more specific about who these `others' are (although the `Austrians' - Hayek, von Mises etc. have previously got a mention in chapter three, along with the usual suspects), what has motivated them and how in practical terms they can be resisted and rolled back. But perhaps I am expecting the book to be more substantial than it aims to be or indeed could be.
Altogether, an interesting read.