In the past 40 years, Europeans have fallen further behind Americans in their standard of living and have become accustomed to high levels of structural unemployment. But despite the obvious negative impact of a European superstate, Americans seem more likely than ever to duplicate the errors of their cousins across the Atlantic. With increased bailouts, stimulus plans, and private-sector remuneration, the U.S. government is growing—while its economy is shrinking.
In this Broadside, Daniel Hannan, a British Conservative Member of the European Parliament, calls on Americans to avoid Europe’s fate. He traces the common roots of British and American liberty and describes how both countries are losing their inheritance as government crowds out the private sphere. He calls for a renewed commitment to the Anglosphere: the alliance of free, English-speaking nations that has preserved freedom in our time. And he shows us, through Europe’s current crises, the future that Americans could face.