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The Abolition of Liberty

The Decline of Order and Justice in England
Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
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From identification cards to how we protect our property, public debate rages over what our basic human rights are and how they are to be protected.

In this trenchant and provocative audiobook, Peter Hitchens sets out to show that popular views of these hotly contested issues - from crime and punishment to so-called 'soft drugs' - are based on mistaken beliefs, massaged figures and cheap slogans. His powerful and counterintuitive conclusions make challenging listening for those on both the Left and the Right and are essential listening for all concerned with creating a lawful and peaceful society.

The Abolition of Liberty argues that because of the misdemeanours of the few, the liberty of the many is seriously jeopardised.

©2016 Peter Hitchens (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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"It's fair to say that Peter Hitchens remains one of the most misrepresented figures in the British media.... Hitchens is in reality one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent commentators on life in contemporary Britain." (Neil Clark, Spectator)
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An eye opener

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.

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  • matthew
  • 03-12-2019

Sadly brilliant

Fantastic writing, brilliant information on the subject delivered in a proper manner. Definitely worth getting

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-2019

Full of interesting facts and arguments

Required reading for anyone interested in how to make Britain a freer and less frightened society.

Full of interesting facts and arguments that I had never heard before Peter Hitchens.

Both New Labour and the Conservative party get a well-deserved pasting.

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  • Hank
  • 30-07-2018

A powerful much needed book.

This is a articulate book that brings clarity to many heavy and miss understood topics affecting the lives of modern citizens. A must for any individual who wants to have an understanding of the past and current policy.
Very well researched with a vein of dry humour through out.

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  • David Hunka
  • 17-07-2018

Thought provoking. Meticulously written.

Highly recommend this meticulously written, well narrated book. It will definitely make you rethink your presupossitions.

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  • Eoghan
  • 10-03-2018

Beautifully read nonsense.

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”.

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  • Adrian
  • 09-03-2017

Arguments well made and well meant

May I thank Mr Hitchens for a thoroughly expert book. Superb research and moral enquiry.

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  • Tommy
  • 19-01-2018

Typically rigorous and compelling. Recommended

Peter Hitchens' analysis of the systemic failures of the modem British policing and justice systems is typically rigorous and compelling, and its lessons and warnings extend far outside Britain's confines.


Highly recommended.

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  • Nikolay
  • 17-01-2019

interesting question l

excellent story, question and arguments. presentation suffers though being arrogant sometimes. general questions are sometimes substituted by personal attacks. These attacks are credible, but should supplement and not substitute general point

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  • D. Edwards
  • 08-03-2020

Thought provoking and still relevant

Well read with a clear and precise style of diction that immediately engaged me by the author. I found the subject to be interesting , well researched and although didn't necessarily agree with parts have been encouraged to think slightly differently about some of the issues raised particularly the issue of gun control here in the UK

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  • Mr. P. J. Glynn
  • 24-01-2018

Dreadful!

Absolutely dreadful in all respects. Stopped reading it after the 3rd chapter. He comes across as an obnoxious snob. His reading style is that of a bored, but arrogant, teacher.

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