After The Welfare State

The welfare state is bankrupt. It’s not just the ballooning government debt. It’s the unfunded liabilities – trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars. It’s the crumbling currencies of governments intent on “stimulating” their way to collapse. It’s the erosion of moral capital – of personal responsibility, planning for the future, work, and savings. Now is the time to awake the sleeping generation, the ones who are being handed the bill for generations of irresponsibility. It’s time to prepare young people for After the Welfare State.


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The historical examples, the discussion of adverse consequences from existing welfare programs, and the moral arguments against government-imposed redistribution are all compelling background for anyone who cares about our future prosperity. Your future depends on understanding what is in this book.

—Jeffrey Miron, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics, Harvard University

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“Free services” come at a price. When you give up your independence, you lose your freedom. Someone has to propose, not only “reforming” welfare states, but getting rid of them. It’s time to challenge directly Otto von Bismarck’s most lasting and poisonous legacy.

It’s our job to undo what Bismarck, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Bush, and the other welfare statist politicians did. It’s our job to help people to recapture their own independence, to grasp personal responsibility, and to retrench, restrain, and resist the welfare state. It’s not merely an option. It’s a responsibility. And it’s unavoidable.

This year, 2012, is the third year Atlas and its partners, notably Students for Liberty, have taken the initiative to produce and distribute hard-hitting books on freedom to students. It’s our mission to capture the high moral ground in the great struggle between the forces of liberty and responsibility, on the one hand, and the forces of despotism and dependency, on the other. These books have also been translated into dozens of other languages for worldwide distribution.

After the Welfare State in the Media

We Can’t Rely on Magic to Sort out the Welfare State, The Daily Telegraph, England
Britain’s Welfare State is Broken – So What’s Next?, The Daily Telegraph, England
Dr. Tom G. Palmer on BBC’s The World at One (audio file)
Dr. Tom G. Palmer on CNN:

Dr. Tom G. Palmer on the Stossel show:

Dr. Tom G. Palmer speaking at Cato with Michael D. Tanner, Chip Bishop and William A. Galston:

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