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Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State Hardcover – May 15, 2001
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This book is an eloquent debunking of the welfare state, from its Prussian origins to its Iron Fist contemporary reality. -- James Bovard, author, Feeling Your Pain: The Explosion and Abuse of Power in the Clinton-Gore Years
This book is essential reading for understanding how the welfare state is incompatible with constitutional government and a free society. -- Congressman Ron Paul
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I especially enjoyed Mr. Richman's detailed historical examples which help to brilliantly illustrate and prove the point he is making. Not only does it show the blunder that is the welfare state, it also proves that it is a blunder created not by one of the two major parties, but equally by both.
Richman manages to touch on almost every facet of the welfare state and show how it has failed and why it is wrong to believe the government can solve the problem. Just as Mr. Richman has left you feeling dejected, disillusioned and fearful of a future that continues in the fashion it has for decades, he ends his book with practical and intelligent solutions which could be implemented today if we had a government full of officials who feel truth, honesty and freedom are more important than political careers and power.
I found this book to be an incredible eye-opener even for me, someone who already embraced the ideas of self-sovereignty and freedom. After reading this book many of the issues which I had a limited understanding of became incredibly clear. I use this book now as a brilliant opener for friends and relatives who can not let go of their dependancy on government - whether it be mental and philosophical or monetary.Read more ›
The US budget figures it uses during its conception is outdated and there are notable changes. The decrease in science spending, while increases in both military and social spending come to mind. These older figures do not impact the book's argument, the book relies on the history of welfare to form the argument.
The book argues that a person on welfare clothes itself in a false blanket of freedom. Since a person on welfare instinctively votes for the candidate that offers increased benefits, welfare recipients are relying on politicians to provide for their needs.
Richman uses the example of pensions for civil war veterans to back up this claim. Politicians initiated a pension plan to buy the votes of a key demographic at the time, veterans.
The book then goes to explain how private charities and institutions were used before the New Deal. A decent sum of the people relied on private companies, pension programs and accident insurance, they paid into and relied on during the depression years.
After a brief history, Richman talks about the European development of social programs. The Poor Laws of England, and Bismark's programs. He describes a strong relation between the US and the late 18th/early 19th European welfare systems.
As for the abolishment of the welfare system, Richman argues that private businesses and charities can make up for the government current spending on welfare.
What I liked about the book was the written notes at the end of each chapter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sheldon Richman is one of the most important thinkers in the last 50 years. Anyone interested in the harm the welfare state has done to this country should read this book.Published on February 27, 2014 by Jon Nelson
I love reading this book. It explains in a novice for how the welfare state works and the problems with it. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by David