"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
C. S. Lewis God in the Dock (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans,2002), p. 292.
"A splendid book. It's a devastating critique of the welfare state. A page-turner, yet also extensively sourced. Demonstrates how attempts to achieve good intentions have led to horrible results -- increasing crime and violence, worsened conditions of the very poor, an extraordinary deterioration in the quality and character of British life.
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winner.
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Before the welfare state
The Greycoat Hospital
The Greycoat Hospital was once a workhouse. It has since been a hospital and a school. It has a very long welfare history. It has now been taken over by the state.
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I am surprised and delighted to discover that The Welfare State We’re In is to be the subject of a reading group led by Professor Meir Kohn at Dartmouth College, the American Ivy League university. Here is the entry in … Continue reading
Here is an email I have just received. I copy it here because sometimes I sense that people think that mine are ‘ivory-tower’ views. I have left off the name of the sender in case he/she wishes to remain anonymous. … Continue reading
The Welfare State We’re In is referred to in a Wall Street ‘Econoblog’ today by Arnold Kling, an adjunct scholar with the American think tank, the Cato Institute. This is the relevant excerpt: In a libertarian utopia, most families take … Continue reading
Andrew Roberts in his Saturday Essay in the Daily Mail today: In 1938 only 3.8 million Britons paid income tax; by 2003 this had mushroomed to 30.07 million. In his ground-breaking book ‘The Welfare State We’re In’, James Bartholomew points … Continue reading
Customer Reviews on the Amazon website as at 2nd October 2005
This book by James Bartholomew is a truly marvellous read. Using hundreds of references he gradually dismantles the illusions created during the last 50 years in relation to the welfare state from the health service, education, social benefits, pensions and … Continue reading
COMMENTARY Unruly Britannia By RUSSELL LEWIS March 3, 2005 Half a century ago George Orwell, like many others, was impressed by the gentleness, courtesy and orderliness of British life. It has been downhill ever since. This view rests not on … Continue reading
“a great combination of the statistical scholarship of Charles Murray’s Losing Ground, the journalistic appeal of Jason DeParle’s American Dream, and the realism of Mona Charen’s Do-Gooders.” Jenifer Ziegler, Cato Institute.
It’s rare for a reviewer to describe a book on the welfare state as a ‘page-turner’ but it’s hard to think of a better way to describe for this meticulously-crafted demolition of the post-war consensus on social security, education, healthcare, … Continue reading
The system that destroyed civility (Filed: 09/01/2005) Peter Lilley reviews The Welfare State We’re In by James Bartholomew Twenty years ago a radical critique of the war on poverty was published in America. Its conclusions were unacceptable to the liberal … Continue reading