In Inventing Freedom, Daniel Hannan reflects on the historical origin and spread of the principles that have made America great, and their role in creating a sphere of economic and political liberty that is as crucial as it is imperiled. Hannan argues that the ideas and institutions we consider essential to maintaining and preserving our freedoms – individual rights, private property, the rule of law, and the institutions of representative government – are the legacy of a very specific tradition that was born in England and that we Americans, along with other former British colonies, inherited.
By the 10th Century, England was a nation-state whose people were already starting to define themselves with reference to inherited common-law rights. The story of liberty is the story of how that model triumphed. How it was enshrined in a series of landmark victories – the Magna Carta, the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution, the U.S. Constitution – and how it came to defeat every international rival. Today those ideas are being abandoned and scorned in the places where they once went unchallenged. Inventing Freedom is a chronicle of the success of Anglosphere exceptionalism as well as a warning at a time that may turn out to be the end of the age of political freedom.
Daniel Hannan has been a member of the European Parliament representing South east England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He is also a writer and blogger (www.hannan.co.uk). Graduating with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, he worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. He previously authored The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America (2010).
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