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Tag: Welfare State
  • “But if Sweden can do it, why can’t we?”

    I know you’ve been there — you’re tabling on campus when suddenly a flannel-draped wide-brimmed-glasses-wearing condescending liberal hipster walks up to your group and asks this exact question (or some variation): “If Sweden can have such a successful welfare state, then why can’t we do the same thing in the United States?” Often times young …

  • Choose Charity, Not Coercion!

    The propositions and policy prescriptions libertarians advance sometimes lead people to conclude that they believe people are (or should be) hermetically sealed islands, each one never a part of the main. Nothing could be further from the truth. Libertarianism, properly understood, is a political philosophy which tasks itself with the discovery and elucidation of the proper …

  • An Alternative to the Public Welfare State

    Libertarians and the left find common ground on quite a lot of issues; however, when it comes to helping out the poor (something both sides want to do but disagree on policy) there is a definite split, as those on the left wish to use government programs to help those in need.  The problem is …

  • Gaming the System

    Following the financial shock that hit in 2008, millions were laid off. While many blue collar jobs were lost, there were also many white collar highly paid positions terminated by companies. Whether through mergers or just to balance their budgets, companies got rid of many of their best-paid employees.  Like their blue collar counterparts, what …

  • Tocqueville’s prophecy?

    In his much noted, though often unread, book Democracy in America Alexis de Tocqueville seems to point out many of the dangers of the modern welfare state: It would seem that if despotism were to be established among the democratic nations of our days, it might assume a different character; it would be more extensive and …

  • Welfare Recipients All-In at the Casino

    That’s right. American tax payers are fronting the bill for welfare recipients to go get lucky at the black jack table. The LA Times has the story :  

  • Meanwhile, Further Down the Road to Serfdom…

    The New York Times reports that “left-leaning governments” in Europe are — surprise! — finding out that their welfare states are not sustainable: Europeans have boasted about their social model, with its generous vacations and early retirements, its national health care systems and extensive welfare benefits, contrasting it with the comparative harshness of American capitalism. …

  • The Violence of the Welfare State

    From my experience, the greatest objection potential converts have to libertarianism is its non-negotiable advocacy of abolishing government “safety nets.” People just seem to think it’s downright callous to oppose public health care for children, food stamps for out of luck families, and the whole welfare apparatus.  In seeking to persuade such individuals, I offer you …