Magazine December 20, 2010, Issue

Unbundle the Welfare State

(Roman Genn)
The next step in capitalism’s evolution

The fundamental issue of political economy in the Western world has been the same for at least the past 200 years: drawing the right lines between government authority and individual initiative. In the broadest terms, freedom has been winning. What the West has invented through Burkean trial and error has not been a libertarian utopia, however, but a workable hybrid that emphasizes freedom while creating a significant role for the government in domestic politics.

The United States, the European democracies, and the other free nations have not converged on a single solution; instead, they have created variations on a theme that

Jim Manzi is CEO of Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), an applied artificial intelligence software company.

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