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May I thank Mr Hitchens for a thoroughly expert book. Superb research and moral enquiry.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Hitchens has a clear pattern here of taking a piece of information which is true, dipping it it either fabrication or opinion, and then claiming this artificial coating is as valid as the original piece of information. It’s like Nutella marketed as heathy because it’s got hazelnuts in it, while ignoring the sugar content.
There’s also a marked inconsistency in his positions. Britain has too much violence, drugs, prisons and government overreach - so should try and be more like America where they have....a lot more of all those things.
The absurd assertions, such as that rock music undermines society or that drugs are the preserve of the “liberal elite” don’t help matters.
To save space the book could be summarized as “grr young people, rule britannia, it was all better in the old days except everything was also worse then too, please don’t look too closely at anything I’ve just said”.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
I am always on the look out for a book that will change the way that I see the world. This is one such book.
Like most of my millenial compatriots, I've been somewhat muddle-headed about the synthesis of personal liberty, executive government, the legal system, and the role of police in civic life. Peter Hitchens brings these together with his trademark incisiveness.
Hitchens has a real knack for bringing out the history of these societal pillars in such a way as to clarify both what they are meant to be, and what they have become. I would call it a must-read in todays political context.
Although this book is written from the British perspective, its application to Australian is quite clear.
Hitchens is a good reader, and not a flamboyant one. There are better readers, but not many.