After the Welfare State: Politicians Stole Your Future, You Can Get It Back

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The third title in the Jameson Books-Students for Liberty Series, this is a collection of essays by eminent political economists from around the world. Young people today are being robbed. Of their rights. Of their freedom. Of their dignity. Of their futures. The culprits? The previous generation and its predecessors, who either created or failed to stop the world-straddling engine of theft, degradation, manipulation, and social control we call the welfare state. The welfare state is responsible for two current crises: the financial crisis that has slowed down or even reversed growth and stalled economies around the world, and the debt crisis that is gripping Europe, the United States, and other countries. It has piled mountains of debt on the shoulders of the most vulnerable among us, children and young people, and has issued promises that are impossible to fulfill. The crisis of unfunded obligations is approaching. It won't be pretty. History, economics, sociology, political science, and mathematics are the tools to understand and evaluate welfare states, rather than emotional responses or conspiracy theories. This little book is for those who prefer to ask hard questions and to pursue them with open minds. It is time to ask the hard questions about what the welfare state has wrought, whether it is sustainable, and what should come after the welfare state. -Tom G. Palmer, from the Introduction. Essayists include four pieces by Editor Tom Palmer, starting with his The Tragedy of the Welfare State, 2-Piercamillo Falasca,How the Welfare State Sank the Italian Dream, 3-Aristides Hatzis, Greece as a Precautionary Tale, 4-Tom Palmer, Bismarck's Legacy, 5-6, David Green and David Beito, two essays on mutual aid societies, 7-Michael Tanner, The Welfare State as a Pyramid Scheme, 8-Johan Norberg, How the Right to Affordable Housing Caused the Bubble that Crashed the World Economy, and 9-Tom Palmer, Poverty, Morality and Liberty.

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Dr. Tom G. Palmer is executive vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network. He oversees the work of teams working around the world to advance the principles of classical liberalism and works with a global network of think tanks and research institutes. Dr. Palmer is a senior fellow of the Cato Institute, where he was formerly vice president for international programs and director of the Center for the Promotion of Human Rights. He was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He is a member of the board of advisors of Students For Liberty. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Die Welt, Al Hayat, Caixing, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland; his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University. His scholarship has been published in books from Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Routledge, and other academic publishers and he is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, published in 2009 and the editor of the previous book in the Students for Liberty series, The Morality of Capitalism, published in 2011.

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This book provides a superb introduction to the folly of the welfare state. 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 in the Department of Economics --Harvard University

After the Welfare State makes serious economic analysis of current events readable, enlightening, and enjoyable. Spending other people's money - even with the best of intentions - is a recipe for conflict and even catastrophe, as the authors demonstrate in one country after another. Donald J. Boudreaux, Professor of Economics, --George Mason University

To come, John Stossell's remarks, from his upcoming Fox Business broadcast, Thursday October 4. --Fox Business

After the Welfare State makes serious economic analysis of current events readable, enlightening, and enjoyable. Spending other people's money - even with the best of intentions - is a recipe for conflict and even catastrophe, as the authors demonstrate in one country after another. Donald J. Boudreaux, Professor of Economics, George Mason University --George Mason University

To come, John Stossell's remarks, from his upcoming Fox News broadcast, Thursday October 4. --Fox News

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