William Voegeli — The American Welfare State

A visiting scholar at the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College, William Voegeli is a senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books and the author of Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State.

Voegeli reveals the stunning growth of the American welfare state since its inception, growing exponentially between World War II and today, and describes the intellectual groundwork of the modern welfare state — a program sold to the American people in disguise. He asserts, “The only remaining constraint on the growth of the welfare state is the problem of paying for it.” Finally he insists that we cannot undo the welfare state. “We need a welfare state we can live with, one even that we can admire…. But not limitless.”

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