[VIDEO] Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World

I heard a portion of an interview with Hannan on the radio yesterday, it was compelling, made me want to hear more. Maybe I’ll get the ebook edition.

Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World [Kindle Edition] [Hardcover Edition]

Daniel Hannan writes: How many countries fought for liberty in both World Wars and the Cold War?

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We are still experiencing the after-effects of an astonishing event. The inhabitants of a damp island at the western tip of the Eurasian landmass stumbled upon the idea that the government ought to be subject to the law, not the other way around. The rule of law created security of property and contract, which in turn led to industrialisation and modern capitalism. For the first time in the history of the species, a system grew up that, on the whole, rewarded production better than predation.

Why did it happen? Why, after thousands of years of oligarchy and tyranny, did a system evolve that lifted the individual above the tribe rather than the reverse? How did that system see off rival models that elevated collective endeavour, martial glory, faith and sacrifice over liberty and property? How did the world come to speak our language?

I set out to answer these questions in my book, published in North America as Inventing Freedom and in the rest of the Anglosphere as How we Invented Freedom. (It’s reviewed here by Charles Moore.) I trace the lineage of liberty back through its great landmarks – the war against slavery, the American Revolution, the Glorious Revolution, the English Civil War, Magna Carta –  to its origins in the folkright of Anglo-Saxon common law.

Freedom under law – as the spare inscription on the Magna Carta memorial puts it – is the common heritage of all the English-speaking peoples, whether in Sligo, San Francisco or Singapore. The roots of our rights stretch deep into the cold soil of pre-Norman England; but Anglosphere freedom, as you can hear me tell the Heritage Foundation below, has found its fullest flower on other continents.

Daniel Hannan is a writer and blogger, and he has been a member of the European Parliament representing South East England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He graduated with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, and worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. His previous book, The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America, was a New York Times bestseller. He blogs at http://www.hannan.co.uk.

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3 Comments on “[VIDEO] Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World”

  1. Richard M Nixon (Deceased) says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

  2. […] Pundit from another Planet I heard a portion of an interview with Hannan on the radio yesterday, it was compelling, made me […]


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