The nanny state

Thoughts on the welfare state and the British underclass

Re: The nanny state

Postby Roger » 20 Oct 2012, 20:38

If there is anything that the welfare state has demonstrated it has to be the law of unintended consequences (and also perhaps that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions).
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Re: The nanny state

Postby Elliott » 20 Oct 2012, 22:53

That is certainly true, Roger.

The question is, when will people accept that those unintended consequences have indeed occurred, and their acceptance lead to reversal of the situation? Or is it something that has to crash and burn?
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Re: The nanny state

Postby Roger » 21 Oct 2012, 09:36

I take the darker view myself, and believe it will get a lot worse before it gets better.

Acceptance of the situation is predicated on understanding the situation. Some people are unwilling to understand because it would undermine their deep-rooted beliefs in 'progress'. Others will derive employment in jobs that could only be necessary or even possible under a nanny state (Upton Sinclair: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!"). Some are just too ignorant to come to any sort of understanding of the issues as a result of our pathetic standards of cultural and political discourse.

There are too many fingers in too many pies, too many vested interests and conflicts of interest. These involve not just the end recipients of welfare but the other beneficiaries of state largesse - charities, private companies awarded lucrative contracts to administer services, the bureaucrats tasked with managing this complex system of benefits, tax credits, entitlements and exemptions etc.
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