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A New Paul Revere

by John Fonte

The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, by Daniel Hannan (Harper, 224 pp., $24.99)

After observing a Fourth of July celebration in Yellowstone National Park in 1889, a young (and benignly amused) Rudyard Kipling wrote that he was “amazed” at how proud Americans were of “their country and their ‘institootions’” (sic). One hundred twenty-one years later, another young, conservative British visitor, Daniel Hannan, argues that “the character of the United States, more than any other country on earth, is bound up with its institutions.” Those institutions and the way of life that is historically connected to them, Hannan notes, have made America’s democracy and economy phenomenally successful and decidedly distinct from those of Europe and the rest of the world.

Daniel Hannan, a member of the European Parliament, a rising political star of the Anglosphere, a trenchant journalist, an articulate speaker, and — many hope — a future occupant of Number 10 Downing Street, is well known to readers of National Review. Hannan serves as a modern-day British-intellectual Paul Revere, warning Americans that European ideas are coming, and that these ideas are anathema to our Whiggish democratic republic.

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