The principle of fairness: America versus NZ

By Karl du Fresne In Books, Current Affairs, Politics

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19th May, 2012
Sometimes it takes an outsider to introduce us to ourselves, to explain why New Zealanders are the people we are. David Hackett Fischer is just such a person. In his remarkable new book, Fairness and Freedom: A History of Two Open Societies – New Zealand and the United States, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian analyses how the two countries have evolved in entirely different ways despite sharing many characteristics. His conclusion is summed up in the book’s title. Fischer says that Americans value freedom and liberty above all else. New Zealand, on the other hand, ...

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