Tom G. Palmer

Tom Palmer is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, director of the Institute's educational division, Cato University, Vice President for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, and General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace, and Prosperity.

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After the Welfare State

MAY 13, 2013 by LANCE LAMBERTON

The current welfare state is unsustainable, but also unnecessary. After the Welfare State examines the history of voluntary aid societies, which flourished until the current array of entitlement programs wiped them out.

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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