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James Bartholomew's Welfare State

"A splendid book. A devastating critique of the welfare state. A page-turner, yet also extensively sourced. I congratulate Mr. Bartholomew." Milton Friedman

It is a page-turner.

James Bartholomew recently appeared at the Cato Institute. He argues that "the welfare state in Britain has resulted in a generation of badly educated and dependent citizens, leading to lives of deprivation for thousands and undermining the original intent behind its creation in the 1940s. Has the welfare state really led to more harm than good? What does this imply for the ever-expanding welfare state in the United States"?

And if so, what is to be done?

Comments (2)

GW:

Because of welfare reform under Clinton, the U.S. technically no longer faces the problem of a permanent welfare class. You can be on it for so long until you get a job or are bounced from the rolls. I do believe that the UK has yet to make that adjustment to their system.

Dr.D:

Obama is moving rapidly to undo this particular Clinton-era reform. Permanent dependency is a key part of creating the welfare state that he is striving to plunge the US into.

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