Review of “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America”

The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America

The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America by Daniel Hannan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Consider this a modern-day de Tocqueville.

Hannan calls this a ‘letter or warning’ but it is also a love letter to the principles upon which the Republic was founded. From the beginning, he discusses that was made America great was not its government, but its focus on competition in politics as well as economics. He points out that when there is a choice on how you are governed, then it limits the excesses of politicians.

One of his warnings is that bipartisanship is not political parties working together but elites deciding what they think is good for the people. His largest chapter “Don’t copy Europe” details why the US citizenry should not accept the ideas floated by Europhiles. Using comparative data he shows that none of the policies that are proposed, such as European style health care, has had the expected outcome and may actually have had a negative effect.

Written before both BREXIT and the election of Trump (published in 2010, it would have been just after Trump changed registration from being a Democrat) the anti-elitist elements of his argument are a precursor for the populist movement in the US and England.

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