Socialism Does NOT Work: Coercion over Freedom

An address by Daniel Hannan at the Oxford Union

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Daniel Hannan gives his argument that Socialism does not work at his address at the Oxford Union in December 2013.

Daniel Hannan opens with a quote from a from a previous socialist known as Adolf Hitler. The socialist voters elevated cohersion over freedom. The human nature of dog eat dog and ambition to do well was harnessed by capitalism to a socially useful end. He highlights that there are no socialist countries in the world today (e.g. Cuba, Zimbabwe etc) that have presumed to be better than a capitalist one. He concludes his rousing speech with by saying socialism does not work and the house must vote for freedom.

About Daniel Hannan

Daniel Hannan is a author, columnist, writer and blogger, and he has been a member of the European Parliament representing South East England for the Conservative Party since 1999. He graduated with a double first in history from Oriel College, Oxford, and worked as a speechwriter and journalist before standing for election. He is President of the Initiative for Free Trade, a Visiting Professor at the University of Francisco Marroquín and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Winchester. He has written numerous books including New York Times bestsellers Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World (2014), Why America Must Not Follow Europe (2011), The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America (2010), and Sunday Times bestseller Why Vote Leave (2016). His latest book is What Next: How to get the best from Brexit (2016). He blogs at

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