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|March 8, 2014--Dan Hannan,
member of European Parliament from the United Kingdom since 1999, and a
member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, delivered
an interesting speech on freedom.
"We can so easily fall into the error of assuming that freedom and free contracts, that regular elections and uncensored newspapers, that jury trials and habeas corpus and equality between men and women, that these things are somehow the natural condition of an advanced society. That every country will get there when it becomes educated enough and wealthy enough. But history tells a very different story. Those precepts were overwhelmingly developed in the language in which you're listening to these words..."Hannan recently authored a book, "Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World."
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