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In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State Paperback – June 2, 2016
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What causes poverty in America? Lack of money. It’s that simple. And Charles Murray is simple-minded. All geniuses are. Let King Gordius of Phygia stand for Congress, the courts, and the executive branch. The yoke of social welfare programs has been tied to the chariot of politics with a not so ingenious that no one can unite it. Now read In Our Hands and watch the sword of Alexander the Great—or, rather, the pen of Murray the Brilliant—sever policy’s tangled skein. -- P.J. O'Rourke
In a world of timid prevaricators and world-weary complacency, thank God for Charles Murray. In this brief, but profound tract, he restates the obvious: that government is in the way of longer, safer, happier lives for all of us, and that we have the power to remove it. . . . We need his voice now more than ever, and in this book, it is as piercing, honest, and rigorous as ever. -- Andrew Sullivan
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- ASIN : 1442260718
- Publisher : Aei Press; Revised and Updated edition (June 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781442260719
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442260719
- Item Weight : 8.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.96 x 0.45 x 8.93 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #850,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He maintains that this plan will change major dynamics of our society. For example, it will minimize government influence to achieve soi-disant desirable ends through the power of the purse. It will, he maintains, incentivize individuals to make responsible decisions. For instance, it will encourage people to form stable relationships, because two can live better on $20,000 per year than one on $10,000. He says this no-strings-attached stipend will incentivize private charity, as was the norm through the early part of the Twentieth Century. He describes other ramifications of this plan which will, generally empower individuals, and reduce their dependence on government programs.
His arguments are persuasive to me, but I can't work through their nuances or address the many obvious objections to the idea of a no-strings-attached stipend for everyone in a brief review. The book itself, though, works through many of these and outlines the wide scope of changes that such a plan would bring about. No matter whether the reader agrees with the conclusions or not, the book may stimulate thought and discussion.