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October 5, 2010

Britain’s Hannan to Warn of ‘Serfdom’ in Atlanta Visit

Washington, D.C., Oct. 5, 2010-- British journalist and statesman Daniel Hannan will warn America not to go the way of Europe when he speaks Thursday, Oct. 14, at a dinner event in Atlanta hosted by local supporters of The Heritage Foundation.

The program at St. Regis hotel, 88 West Paces Ferry Rd., will open with a 4:30 p.m. panel discussion on public debt and Americans’ growing dependency on government. The panel will include Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and two Heritage policy experts: William Beach, an economist who directs the Center for Data Analysis, and Ryan Messmore, research fellow in religion and free society.

A reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner and Hannan’s remarks. The night also will mark the official release of the 2010 Index of Dependence on Government by Heritage, the leading Washington think tank. The Index, compiled annually, documents the ever-growing number of federal aid programs and the ever-growing number of Americans who rely on government subsidies.

Hannan, first elected in 1999, represents South East England in the European Parliament as a member of Britain’s Conservative Party. His speech, based on his new book “The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America” (Harper), will focus on how the U.S. must avoid becoming a European-style centralized state.

The event’s host is the Atlanta Committee for Heritage, a group of local business and civic leaders who support the think tank’s conservative public policy solutions. About 11,000 of Heritage’s more than 696,000 members reside in the Atlanta region. Ernest and Jan Taylor are co-chairmen of the Atlanta Committee for Heritage. Vivian DuBose, Barb Van Andel-Gaby and Rick Gaby are honorary chairmen.

Many Americans first heard of Hannan in March 2009, when he delivered a candid speech criticizing British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s response to the financial crisis. The speech became a YouTube sensation; voters later turned out Brown.

Hannan also is a prolific blogger, winning the Bastiat Prize for online journalism in 2009. In a recent column on British debt, he writes: “Today, a £170 million deficit is racked up every nine hours, yet when the Conservatives propose modest plans to constrain expenditure, the other two parties reach for worn metaphors about axes and cleavers.”

Tickets are $30 for Heritage members, $60 for non-members and $20 for students with proper ID. Online registration is at http://myheritage.org/Hannan. For details, call Janine Brown at (202) 608-1524 or e-mail specialevents@heritage.org.

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