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Audio: More ‘Becoming Europe’ interviews with Samuel Gregg; Washington book event

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Samuel Gregg on Money Radio 1510, Scottsdale, Ariz.:

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Samuel Gregg on the Janet Mefferd Show::

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Gregg’s new book Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future is now available. You can purchase the hardcover or Kindle version here.

Daniel Hannan, British Conservative Member of the European Parliament, said “‘Becoming Europe’ might not sound so bad: old buildings, long lunches, generous welfare. But, believe me my friends, it’s not where you want to be. Europe is a terrifying example of what happens when the state gets too large and the money runs out. Don’t imagine that it couldn’t happen to you.”

Also, the Westminster Institute near Washington will host a book event for Gregg next month.

Details:
Wednesday, February 6th
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

The Westminster Institute
6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101
RSVP: info@westminster-institute.org

Program description:

In Becoming Europe, Samuel Gregg examines economic culture—the values and institutions that inform our economic priorities—to explain how European economic life has drifted in the direction of what Alexis de Tocqueville called “soft despotism,” and the ways in which similar trends are manifesting themselves in the United States. America, Gregg argues, is not yet Europe; the good news is that economic decline need not be its future. The path to recovery lies in the distinctiveness of American economic culture. Yet there are ominous signs that some of the cultural foundations of America’s historically unparalleled economic success are being corroded in ways that are not easily reversible—and the European experience should serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

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John Couretas is Editor-at-Large for the Acton Institute.