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Summary

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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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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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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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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You must listen to this

A wonderful, funny polemic. This book explains the break down of crime and punishment in the UK in a humorous, yet serious way.

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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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Thought provoking. Meticulously written.

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

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Excellent writing not to be considered in a vacuum

An excellent example of writing, delivered in Peter Hitchens's deep and indignant tones.

It covers a fascinating range of subjects concerning crime and punishment, and the re-inclusion of chapters on gun control and the death penalty are welcome additions on important points.

If you already know and have an opinion on PH then this book probably won't change it. If you're new to his thoughts then be warned that this is polemic, and you should consult an contrasting thinker for a balanced opinion.

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Horrible horrible horrible

I couldn't finish this. I stopped close to the fourth hour. This book is highly judgemental, highly opinionated and holds little in the way of argumentation. What little data there is is either too simplistic to show the whole picture (and hence can't convincingly support the point the author wants to make) or is there to be sneered at for showing that something the author doesn't agree with is true.

This book reads more like a poorly written essay where Hitchens builds arguments based on his own convictions and presumptions. Oftentimes he doesn't even bother presenting any research to support his arguments. If you share his opinions that's fine if not then this book isn't for you.

Hitches reads just fine once you get used to his mumbling.

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Entirely focused on the UK. Disappointing

Hitchens has a few good points but his incessant raging against Socialists make it unbearable

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Trying to see the wood for the trees

Opinionated,yes. Researched, yes. If you have noticed a change in our Liberties then this is a must read(listen) delivered in a forthright no nonsense manner this will help the listener to understand the vagaries of the law and liberty, a complex range of subjects that affect everyone, often cynical but always on the mark, it’s good to know that we have individuals like Peter Hitchens to document the inadequacies of the law and show how it is changing, heavyweight at times with a genuine effort to explain the historic basis and gradual changes that have and are being made , very very thought provoking.