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The New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America was the seventeenth book of 2016, which I enjoyed.

New Road to Serfdom is an exceptional comparative work between the policies of Britain and the European Union and that of the United States of America. The New Road to Serfdom, interestingly enough, is written by Daniel Hannan in which he uses his perspective as a member of the European Parliament to do the comparisons.  Having read this before BREXIT, and writing this review on the celebration of the United States of America’s Independence Day, I am strongly reminded of the key point of this book.

The New Road to Serfdom is written by an individual who has been a part of the European Parliament, his message to us is to be America and LEAD the world like we have for 240 years!  He further clarifies that we left Britain for freedom.  We should not try and mirror social policies of the European Union, because as he cites these social policies have had consequences which America does not desire and would hinder the global leadership which we foster in our culture.  He further cites that these social policies, when set up in the EU, now impose significant unintended ramifications which if understood when imposed would never have had passed the European Parliament.

The New Road to Serfdom is a thought-provoking read and in this election cycle period and important perspective to analyze. If you’re interested in enjoying it interested in enjoying it you can find it here.


The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms was the sixteenth book of 2016, which I enjoyed.

The Bed of Procrustes strongest point is that it explains the limits of human knowledge, how we effectively default to the “What you see is all there is” method of analysis, and that we try and fit life’s tensions into “crisp commoditized ideas.” Among the challenge to traditional thought which I enjoy in books like these, this book brings to light the “what are we trying to solve” with any technology use or procurement.  Both I find lacking in the expectations made by my organization.

The Bed of Procrustes is a thought challenging read and recommended as such.  If you’re interested in enjoying it interested in enjoying it you can find it here.

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