Praise for Liberty at Risk
“Peter Fenwick challenges our perception of society’s status quo. He does not espouse a new age philosophy, but uses the philosophies of the 18th and 19th century libertarians whose thinking influenced our democracies in their infancy.
He questions the distortions of their ideals that are now causing rifts and failures in our modern day world. While our current politicians, bureaucrats and business leaders maybe beyond change, these essays provide food for thought to stimulate the next generation to change our world for a better future.
Topics such as the role and responsibilities of government, the distortion of crony capitalism, the rights of lobby groups to peddle self-interest, tolerance, entrepreneurs, caliphates, the role of the family, accepting responsibility……the list goes on. But in itself it provides a curriculum for any University, year 11 or year 12 current affairs or philosophy program that all of us would love to join.”
Dr Hugh Seward
CEO, AFL Medical Officers Association
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University
Chairman of the Council of Geelong College
“Fenwick explores how the principles of libertarianism have been undermined by the rise of the welfare state and the increasingly interventionist governments of Western democracies. He writes of crony capitalism; the decline in civil virtues; how governments repeatedly attempt to solve social issues by regulation; and the rise of jihadist Islamism.
If you like food for thought, then this book is a feast! But it's not burgers and fries; rather it's a collection of small, appetising and healthy entrees that will whet your appetite for the main course - Peter Fenwick's book The Fragility of Freedom - Why Subsidiarity Matters.”
Principal Consultant, Plans to Reality
"Never has a book been more timely and welcomed than Liberty at Risk: Tackling Today’s Political Problems. Australian Peter Fenwick addresses some of the most important and vexing problems of today in 23 short chapters. The answers rest on the foundations of Classical Liberalism and Austrian free market economics and the reader will be reminded of work of the great Henry Hazlitt. An excellent introduction for the uninitiated."
Dr. Mark Thornton
Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute
Book Review Editor, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
“Peter Fenwick writes what so many of us think - he poses commonsense responses to even the most complex economic and political issues. In essence, a free market, and the freedom of individuals to act responsibly on their own behalf, should result in a better outcome for all.
Sadly, ego, pride and greed come into play, and these forces cannot operate as they should. If only politicians and big business could/would read Peter's work, examine history and learn from it, then inevitably our world would be a better place.
We probably recognize that the moral goals of the welfare state are not all wrong. It is the questions of what constitute our inalienable rights, and the methods used to ensure those rights, which distinguish libertarianism from socialist democracy.
What needs to be determined is to what extent the goals of the welfare state in terms of ensuring shelter, basic income, education, health (etc.) should constitute essential rights of the individual. And further, having been so determined - they should be guaranteed as a universal right to all, not selectively and inefficiently delivered by a bloated bureaucracy.
At least, if each of us reads Peter’s work, and seriously take responsibility for ourselves and our families, and deliberates the notion of balance and fairness, then the notion of changing the world one person (our self) at a time, may make it that better place for all of us.”
Susan M. Renouf
Executive Director, Renouf & Associates
“Launched at a time when disenchantment with our current politicians and our current democratic process has plumbed new depths, Fenwick’s analyses of the assaults upon our freedoms and quality of life resulting from ‘crony capitalism’ and the failure to achieve a genuinely free market are particularly timely.
As we brace ourselves for what promises to be a torturous election process, where the sole vision for our society appears to be the re-election of existing politicians, it is perhaps increasingly important to reflect on the kind of community we really want.
This volume will be a timely and valuable aid to such reflection.”
Director, Parsifal Research Pty Ltd
I love it – Liberty at Risk illustrates so many important principles of libertarianism with reference to current affairs and basic good common sense too. It is exactly the sort of book that will reach out to people who unbeknown to themselves are instinctively libertarians - people who understand that the good life comes from the lived experience not subservience to government.
I was particularly taken by the line, "If we wish to convince others that our ideology is superior, then firstly we must understand its concepts and its roots, and secondly we must live its truth". Magnificent. This book will go a long way to helping us understand liberal roots and concepts.
Professor Sinclair Davidson
“Peter Fenwick’s new book should be read by everyone who is concerned with the current world’s problems. His insight in selecting the problems and presenting alternatives in a simple manner is extraordinary. The new format makes easy reading about difficult problems.”
CEO, Link Pumps and Engineering
“Liberty at Risk by Peter Fenwick starts with an outline of his ideal world, providing a vision of a libertarian utopia. Each chapter subsequent explores how this ideal might manifest in context to government, law, society, values and morality. The end of the book brings to light a surprising twist, perhaps revealing the initial motivation for writing such a book - the fear of Islamist theocracy being allowed to take root in Australian soil.”
President, Progressive Atheists Inc.
“Peter Fenwick has drawn on the wisdom of philosophers of the past as well as his own formidable intellect. He demonstrates that positive democratic change is indeed possible and that it is not yet too late to initiate public discussion on the celebration of our democratic beliefs and by so doing the building of a more positive future for our children. If you are in despair with modern political process, this is a must read.”
Chairman, Auto-IT Pty Ltd
“Trust, free enterprise and respect for the individual and his rights are the corner stones of Peter Fenwick’s drive for the restoration of traditionally accepted ethical and moral standards of behaviour in Government, Industry and in our Society generally.
He uses current global economic and political instability as the backdrop to illustrate how The West and developed nations have become accepting of ‘(Big) Brother knows best’.
The lack of public scrutiny in regulation and extensive control mechanisms by governments has led to corrupt behaviour and a ‘Nanny State Syndrome’, a condition which restricts liberty, creativity, invention and enterprise.
The subject of ‘Subsidiarity’ plays a major role in Peter’s works. An essential topic in which he emphasizes the importance of Family and Local Community as the basis for self- sufficiency and liberty, being less reliant on government hand-outs and control.
Liberty at Risk will be an important additional handbook in understanding a revived and most necessary view of how Libertarianism could and should be practised today, in order for everyone to live in a less restricted free world.
This book is written at an opportune time, when our decency is challenged by revelations of unethical corporate investment and international tax avoidance by corporations and wealthy individuals.”
Managing Director, Hemden Bespoke Tailors
“As a concerned citizen I have watched with some apprehension the political and economic future the next generations are facing. In this treatise Peter Fenwick has provided a useful summary of the analysis of historical political models to support the benefits of a libertarian philosophy, together with reference material on which the reader may expand further. The libertarian alternative presented would be challenged by what some would see as entrenched narrow alternatives experienced in today’s world. The messages are potent and presented in an easy-to-read style. I commend this publication to those who have an open mind and are questioning the efficacy of the current political and economic environment.”
“Whilst a number of books about liberty have been published lately, the unique ability of Liberty at Risk is to apply the philosophy of classical liberalism onto very real and recurring world problems. It successfully communicates a message of liberty that is relevant for anyone reading it. This is very important for anyone who has struggled to explain why the world needs greater freedom.
My favourite part of the book is the emphasis on personal responsibility, something that many libertarians have failed to include within political discourse. Liberty is more than simply the right to do what one wants, it's about doing what one ought to do. Fenwick has once again demonstrated this in addition to his previous publication, The Fragility of Freedom.
Overall, it is an important foundation onto a path of greater knowledge, it will provide insights that will strengthen and test your convictions of liberty.”
University of Sydney