British MEP Daniel Hannan sits down with Ben Weingarten, Senior Fellow of the London Center for Policy Research and Founder & CEO of ChangeUp Media, to discuss MEP Hannan’s essay in the new book “Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism.” MEP Hannan and Weingarten discuss a series of topics including the anti-progressive character of modern populism, the failure of the elite political establishment, Brexit and the future of the EU, the death of classical liberalism in Europe, the underappreciated impact on the financial crisis on the Western body politic, the imperative to defend free market capitalism and much more.

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  1. Aaron Miller Inactive
    Aaron Miller

    Hannan always has something intelligent to say. Thanks.

    The trouble in explaining capitalism is avoiding the presumption that it is a system of economic management, rather than a general (though not absolute) resistance to central management. Indeed, it is a mistake to discuss economic freedom apart from other freedoms because it is subsidiarity in all things that strengthens the body by way of enabling its individual members.

    There is also the problem, which Hannan touched on, that people commonly mistake our current system of bloated bureaucracies and rampant controls as full-throated capitalism. If this is capitalism, then it stands to reason that improving our way of life requires trial of something else. We must explain that “something else” is the ideal of capitalism we promote.

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  2. Texmoor Coolidge

    Excellent interview with Daniel Hannan. As an Anglophile, he’s always great to listen to!

    I found his hypothesis about the ’08 crash to be very compelling and sheds light on Trump’s victory and the success of alt-right parties in Europe.

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  3. FredGoodhue Coolidge

    It’s apparently true that the inflow of illegal aliens from Mexico was lower in the years before President Trump was elected.  I attribute this to the mediocre economic growth at the time.

    However, the number of illegal aliens was still high and I don’t know that it went down significantly, or at all.  People saw the illegal aliens that were here, and that’s what influenced people’s opinions.

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