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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Jameson Books; 1st edition (September 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898031710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898031713
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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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Libertarian scholar and activist Tom G. Palmer has carried the ideas of liberty to some of the most oppressed and dangerous parts of the planet. He smuggled books, photocopiers, and faxes into the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact nations and has taught and lectured in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other countries. He earned his B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, and his D.Phil. in politics from Oxford University. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, in Washington, D.C., where he was previously vice president for international programs, and is vice president for international programs, where he directs platforms and active programs of book publishing, summer schools, and policy conferences in 15 languages. He serves on the boards of a number of organizations and is active in several charitable groups.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By BerlinBoy on November 8, 2012
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After the Welfare State is an important contribution to the discussion on welfare economics and what kind of rights people have (should have). The selection of authors allows the reader to understand the opinions of various cultures and countries on the size of government intervention in interhuman solidarity. I especially like the fact that both, European (such as Johan Norberg) and American authors (such as Tom G. Palmer and Michael Tanner) contributed to this book. After the Welfare State is a must read in times of overburdening public debt and discussions on austerity. I would recommend it for everyone who is interested in understanding how to build a freer and more sustainable future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Chapin on November 26, 2012
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In 2012, we, in the United States, now face economic collapse. We have reelected a president who has gone in the hole over 5 trillion dollars in 4 years time. No previous president was ever short 1 trillion in a single budget but now we have done it for four years running. To make up for these shortfalls we are selling overrated bonds like mad while the Federal Reserve actively prints money. The end is near, and the only concessions our politicians offer to make is to cut future growth of the federocracy...while pretending they are "draconian cuts." How absurd! We're in serious trouble, and Tom Palmer contemplating the end of the welfare state is most timely. It's coming. Soon, we'll have no options whatsoever unless we want to go the way of Zimbabwe. Mr. Palmer is the editor of this work. He is not the sole author. He contributes several excellent essays here, and most libertarians will have heard many of these arguments and positions previously. However, the two chapters on Greece and Italy are fresh (at least to me) and very educational. I never knew that the Italian government was ever! as friendly to free markets as they were in the 50s and early 60s. I just wish our own American politicians would emulate today some of the decisions the Europeans made a half century ago. This is a thin volume (under 150 pages of text) but it's enlightening and sure to persuade those who have yet to make up their minds regarding the connection between free markets and free peoples. I also like the fact that the foundation that published it is offering volume sales on the back page at a price at which they are sure to take a loss financially. It shows how dedicated they are to making the truth known, and the truth is precisely what is on display in After the Welfare State. It's a splendid book.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BaptisteFvH on November 8, 2012
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This book provides readers with a clear analysis of the problems caused by the welfare state system.
I really appreciated the diversity of the different essays.
Historical as well as contemporary examples are very precise.
Every student (and not only student...) should definitely read "After the Welfare State" in as much as this book tackles common fallacies which are never taught in school. Everyone should take the time to sit and think about the sustainability of such a system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V.H. Amavilah on May 26, 2013
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This book is full of important and interesting facts. It is fascinating, wide-ranging, readable, entertaining, and informative. The editor and his co-authors are concerned that not only is the welfare state system unsustainable, its existence threatens the future of young people.

After a brief introduction, the book is arranged in 4 sections of approximately the same length. Each section has at least one theoretical analysis and one or two practical example. The book assumes that the welfare state system "will collapse, implode, or retreat." it then asks and attempts to answer the following questions: "What role has the welfare played in causing major international crises? Where did the welfare state come from, how does it function, and what did it displace? Finally,what will follow the unsustainable systems of today?" (p. 1). The answers to the questions lie in understanding both intended and unintended consequences of the welfare state system and "the incentives that have led to particular consequences" (p. 2).

Nearly all essays in the book bring to light information that supports the thesis. However, this reader found the tone of the essays moralizing and preachy. There is a huge difference between asking what the optimal size of the welfare state system is, and saying any size of government is a wrong size. To propose to illustrate the problem utilizing the common resource hypothesis is itself accepting some kind of private market failure. I am not convinced about what the authors think comes comes after the collapse of the welfare state. Is it suffering like in Greece, or the fact that the system will be gone and "you can get [your future] back? Drawing moral conclusions from the information provided goes beyond economics proper. Even so, I would still recommend this little book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sirni Burek on November 11, 2012
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"After the Welfare State" is filling the gap by providing what one rarely hears in the media, schools, or pretty much any discussion about welfare states. People from both sides of the argument usually depict the situation as "government vs. charity", because this is pretty much all we consider today. But there is the third option, which this book discusses.

History teaches us that before there was the welfare state, there were voluntary organizations that helped its members when the bad times came. These organizations were on the rise until the government stepped in, which rendered them pretty much useless. However, the government failed to replicate the successes of the many organizations that tailored their services to their members' needs. But ultimately, the government took away the voluntary aspect which has more than just practical implications.

"After the Welfare State" is not a comprehensive review of pro's and con's of the welfare state, nor does it focus on charity as an alternative. Instead, it tells the story of how people learned to help each other, voluntarily, without anyone mandating it. Instead of painting a Utopian picture of tomorrow, where people coexist happily ever after, it leaves us to imagine the countless possibilities we have for the future.
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