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January 2014

The Right side of history

by Daniel Hannan

Why liberals are conflicted over patriotism and western values


John Woike / Hartford Courant

Why is patriotism, in English-speaking societies, mainly associated with conservatives? After all, measured against almost any other civilizational model, the Anglosphere has been overwhelmingly progressive.

It is true that the individualism of English-speaking societies has an anti-socialist bias: There has always been a measure of resistance to taxation, to state power, and, indeed, to collectivism of any kind. But look at the other side of the balance: equality before the law, regardless of sex or race, secularism, toleration for minorities, absence of censorship, social mobility, and universal schooling. In ho ...

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Daniel Hannan’s Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking People Made the Modern World (Broadside) is forthcoming.


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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 January 2014, on page 29

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