The Welfare State We're In, The website of the book by James Bartholomew
December 09, 2010
Thursday
The welfare state versus happiness

What makes people happy more than any other phenomenon?

According to a poll commissioned by Radio 5 Live, the answer is 'family'.

What has happened to families in the past fifty years?

They are more dismembered than at any time in Britain's history. There is less marriage and more divorce. There are many more people living alone.

It follows that what appears to be the most profound source of happiness in people's lives has been seriously damaged.

I argue in The Welfare State We're In that the welfare state is a major cause of 'broken families'. And through this mechanism, the welfare state has indirectly undermined the greatest source of human happiness.

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