"The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive."
Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
"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.
- The Greycoat Hospital
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The biggest moments in British welfare state history: 1.) 1536-47 Expropriation of the monasteries and priories by Henry VIII which removed much of the church welfare that existed at the time. 2.) 1601 Crystallisation of the Poor Laws that had … Continue reading
In 1935, President Roosevelt (D) said: “Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human … Continue reading
‘Among the peoples most admired for their opulence, one part of the population is obliged to rely on gifts of the other in order to live’
‘The countries appearing to be most impoverished are those which in reality account for the fewest indigents, and among the peoples most admired for their opulence, one part of the population is obliged to rely on gifts of the other … Continue reading
The ‘coming apart’ of American society which has similarities with what has happened in many other countries
Today, Murray demonstrates, there is an archipelago of affluent enclaves clustered around the coastal cities, Chicago, Dallas and so on. If you’re born into one of them, you will probably go to college with people from one of the enclaves; … Continue reading
The history that is taught in our schools is misleading. As usual, the victors write history to suit themselves. Caesar wrote his own history to make sure that people got the ‘right’ view of him. The Communists wrote their own … Continue reading
St Mary Abbots Hospital is one of four hospitals closed down or demolished in the course of creating the modern Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Continue reading
The Blewcoat School, in Westminster, was founded in 1688 for the education of poor children. The present building – comprising one large room – was erected in 1709. The great boom in education took place in the 19th century when, by mid-century, over 95 per cent of children were educated for between five and seven years. Private education was continuing to develop fast. This was before state education began. State education took over or destroyed the private schools. This one is now a National Trust gift shop and information centre.
St George’s Hospital at Hyde Park Corner was a major hospital in London created by charity. It was closed and sold off for profit by the NHS. It is now a luxury hotel, The Lanesborough, instead. There is still a St George’s Hospital in South London, several miles away. But it is not really the same hospital. It is an amalgamation of over 10 hospitals. The NHS has closed hundreds of hospitals all over Britain and sold off the land. Continue reading
The Peabody Estate was created by a rich American in the 19th century. He created low-cost housing for working people. This was done on a major scale. A walk between the Houses of Parliament and Victoria Station reveals an extraordinary amount of Peabody housing in this area alone. This building fronts onto the Vauxhall Bridge Road. Continue reading