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U-Turn on the Road to Serfdom


In 2012 Grover Norquist delivered the IEA’s annual Hayek lecture, entitled ‘U-Turn On The Road to Serfdom’. This was released in May 2014 as an IEA monograph.  In the lecture, Norquist addressed how those in favour of limited government and individual liberty could seek to build a coalition of interest groups to work towards political support for a small state. In this excerpt, Norquist explains how this is happening in Republican politics in the United States: via the use of ‘tax pledges’, the rise of the Tea Party and widespread Republican support for Paul Ryan’s budget plan.