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How we fell into the memory hole and got to where we are today
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Like all fundamentalist faiths, no matter how much Milton Friedman tried to base his theories on the principles of 'science', his system was a perfect circle. For Friedman, the welfare state induced dependency, and therefore prolonged poverty. Milton Friedman did not believe in social equality, only in the equality of opportunity. The world view of Friedman and the Chicago circle did not gain traction until the mid-1970s, when several upheavals brought challenges to the consensus supporting welfare states and social democracies. The transformation from an industrial to a service economy had dramatic consequences. Deindustrialization of many of the old industrial centers in the US and UK decimated the working class, the traditional electoral base of the Democrats in America, and the Labour Party in Britain. Armed with Milton Friedman's "freedom to choose" rhetoric, corporate America, soon joined by the political elites in Washington, including Democrats and Republicans.

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The great forgetting

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


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