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Is There a Third Way? - Essays on the Changing Direction of Socialist Thought (Choice in Welfare)

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ISBN-13: 978-0255364386
ISBN-10: 0255364385
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Product Details

  • Series: Choice in Welfare
  • Paperback: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Inst of Economic Affairs (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0255364385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0255364386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,582,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title of this book is really a misnomer. Rather than essays on the changing direction of socialist thought the direction given by Michael Novak rather reeks of "we're all social democrats now".
Michael Novak has achieved some remarkable fame or notoriety depending on your own perspective as the leader of the Capitalism as Moral sect of conservatism in the United States. His major book, the Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, articulates his case for the morality of markets and he has been feted throught the world for his contribution.
This book articulates his reformist vision of the welfare state and in this he finds common cause with the other contributors to this slim volume. Each of the authors accept the basic view that socialism as it was practised in the Soviet Union et al has gone and that increasingly, countries throughout the world are turning to some form of capitalism. Reviewer's Note: There appear's to be a conspiracy of silence among those who are loudest in the capitalism is victorious debate about why Africa has not in general gone along the capitalist route. Indeed Zimbabwe has travelled almost totally in the opposite direction.
Another common theme between Novak and the other's is the acceptance of the need for the State. Far be it for me to question this acceptance but rather simplistically I thought that conservatives were for at least a minimal state as opposed to the more libertarian case for none at all. Perhaps I have read Novak incorrectly but he appears to be satisfied to keep the state as we know it and reform it, a stance shared b y the so-called socialist authors.
But then, for Novak, the state is an instrument of the democratically elected representatives of the people.
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