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Living in the Welfare State

Thanks to this post on the Adam Smith Institute Blog, we learn of the publication of a "hard-hitting" indictment of Britain's welfare state. James Bartholomew's The Welfare State We're In has just been published by Politico's Publishing. According to the ASI Blog, Bartholomew argues that social security has produced alienation and crime, unemployment, and more poverty; that means-testing has discouraged work and saving; that the high taxes required have made work less attractive. That the [National Health Service] is "like a train crash every day." That old people would be better off if the state pension had never been created. That the UK could have been a rich country, but the postwar welfare state killed any chance of it.

Bartholomew had a column in the Telegraph last week, arguing "There was never any need for the NHS to begin with."



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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