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The way we used to be and could be again
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The welfare state was actually born of consensus, and was more the product of reformist liberalism in late nineteenth century than the product of twentieth-century idealism. World War I was only the beginning of what would become a chamber of horrors. John Maynard Keynes thought, with the examples of Depression and World War I behind him, that economic collapse and a return to political extremism could only be forestalled by increasing the role of the state. He admired socialist utopianism for three reasons: its passion for social justice, the Fabian ideal of public service, and the elimination of the love of money or the money motive. The Social Democrats of Scandinavia provided illustration of what could be accomplished by economic planning and regulation without resorting to nationalization and state ownership.

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The great forgetting

The past, present and future of social democracy and the welfare state


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