Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic

Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British RepublicOn A Switchback Ride Through The USA, Riding Pillion With America S Founding Fathers, Jonathan Freedland Searches Out The Qualities That Made America The Land At The End Of His Childhood Rainbow, The Place His Grandfather And He Conspired To Run Off To Because Of Its Open Promise And Unbounded Potential Noisy, Crass, Greedy, Riddled With Crime, Riven By Race, Obsessed By Money America, Exporter Of Junk To The UK Or Is It From Lesbianville In New Hampshire To Tent City In Arizona, From The High Kitsch Celebration Of Liberace To The Bible Belt Austerity Of Iowa, From The Paranoid Militia Of Rural Montana To Florida S Condo Canyon, This Is A Journey To The Heart Of Modern America To Normal, Illinois On His Travels Freedland Reveals How Americans Control Of Their Own Lives, Shape Their Own Communities And Vibrantly Assert Their Rights And There S Even A Twist The Spirit That Inspires The American Secret Is Actually Our Own A British Revolutionary Fervour Mislaid Across The Atlantic This What Has Made America The Diverse, Freedom Loving, Self Sufficient, Independent Icon To The World The Place Where Socialism Never Took Hold Because It Is Inherent In The Founding Vision, Where Capitalism At The Same Time Has Reached Its Apogee Where Many Cultures Contribute To The National Fabric And Yet The Sense Of Belonging To The Nation And Reverence For Its Symbols Is Unmatched Across The Globe It S Time Britain Shared The Vitality Time To Reclaim The Revolution And Bring It Home.

Jonathan Freedland is a British journalist He also writes thrillers under the pseudonym

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic
  • Jonathan Freedland
  • English
  • 02 August 2018
  • 9781841150215

10 thoughts on “Bring Home the Revolution: The Case for a British Republic

  1. says:

    A good book but a little dated now, it was written in 1998 though that s to be expected His predictions for the future were a little off, but who could have guessed the current mess occurring was going to happen

  2. says:

    By all accounts an influential book on both the left and right of British politics since it was first published in 1998, this is a vigorous argument in favour of the creation of a British republic Freedland s central premise is that liberalism is a British invention Hobbes, Locke, Mill exported by Brits to the US think Norfolk born Thomas Paine where it underpins a constitution modelled in opposition to the British state, and that it s now time to re import the best elements of the most successful liberal democracy the world has ever seen the United States and correct the staggering democratic deficit that exists at home The first two thirds of the book is therefore a lively skip around US politics, law and culture, with the final third of the book consisting of a ten point plan for re modelling British politics Some of this is profoundly important I didn t need this book to make me feel ashamed of, and angry about, the monarchy or bishops in the House of Lords, for example, I felt that already, but Freedland superbly articulates why both institutions are an utter disgrace, running that up against all the other ways in which we are disenfranchised, ignored and generally laughed at by the political elite in this country without us ever stopping to think about it.Where Freedland s argument becomes difficult is his ...

  3. says:

    This is the perfect manifesto for a Great Britain I could be proud of One where the politicians serve the people, rather than the reverse One where success is based on merit, not birthright One which is inclusive, truly democratic and where citizens rather than subjects are fully engaged in politics Originally written in the late 1990s, before the attacks on the World Trade Centre, the financial crash the implosion of the Labour Party and before Donald Trump, it is nonetheless fascinating I d love to read an updated version I think there was one in 2008 but a lot has happened since then A number of the changes Freedland recommends the UK take from the US system have now been adopted, such as a Freedom of Information Act, Bill of Rights in the form of the European Convention and directly elected Mayors and Police Commissioners Not with complete success But that doesn t take away from the potential for a different type of polit...

  4. says:

    This is a good polemic against the established interests of the UK s political institutions and structure Freedland exhorts the American way as being a natural progression of British progressivism and individualism, hence the old adage An American is an Englishman with freedom It does seem that this book has had some effect on the ruling political classes in this country the London Mayor, elected police commissioners and a move towards devolution for Wales and Scotland or at least may have dovetailed with modern British political thinking.His train of thought is of one from the libertarian wing and that must be taken into account when reading this book.Overall he makes a pretty good case for republicanism in the UK but I think somewhat glosses over, to an extent, the less salubrious issues in American politics and ignores some of the better aspects of the Parliamentary system in Britain.This book is also worth a read if you are studying American politics at a FE or...

  5. says:

    The title of this book is a complete misnomer I picked it up expecting an essay on the pros and cons of turning Britain into a Republic and possibly some suggestions as to how that would happen and wha...

  6. says:

    It s a while since I read this but I remember it being a compelling argument for political reform in the UK A good read.

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