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Man vs. the Welfare State

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Hardcover, 225 pages
Published January 28th 1969 by Arlington House (first published 1969)
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David Robins
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Written in 1968, it reads like it was written yesterday. Cuts to the heart of how government destroys productivity and steals wealth; comes up with the following recommendations to fix it: "reduce the grossly extended powers of all levels of government"; "Stop the profligate spending. Stop the deficits."; "stop expanding the issue of paper money and credit", disband the IMF, return to a gold standard; "Repeal all minimum wage laws", "Stop compelling employers by law to continue negotiating with ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book and still very relevant, in fact its more relevant today than most of the stuff written on politics today!

The welfare state is a self-propelling doom machine and Hazlitt explains why, using both good economic logic and historical examples.
Timothy Collins
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This should be required reading for all school aged children so they can enter the world with a true understanding of taxation and welfare.
Daniel Vasilev
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Man vs. the Welfare State" is a profound analysis of the effects of the so-called "welfare state" over both the economy as a whole and, in some cases, the groups of people living in it as well. Hazlitt, being very literate in field of economics, especially considering that he was a journalist (and his deep knowledge is something we rarely notice in the profession these days, unfortunately), offers case by case study of the damages of the social programs.
In his book he examines not only concret
Roman Červenák
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book as "sequel" to Economics in one lesson - pretty similar focus and style, some concepts explained from more angles and with more numbers (although these number are very old today and nowhere near reality of today spending, debt etc.)
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Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this book and you will be worried about the state of freedom in America.
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Henry Hazlitt was a libertarian philosopher, an economist, and a journalist for various publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and Newsweek. He was the founding vice-president of the Foundation for Economic Education and an early editor of The Freeman, an important libertarian magazine. In 1946 Hazlitt wrote Economics in One Lesson, his seminal text on free market e ...more

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