After the Welfare State: Undoing Bismarck’s Legacy


  • 20/09/2012
Atlas and its partners, notably Students for Liberty, have taken the initiative to produce and distribute to students hard-hitting books on freedom. After the Welfare State is the third in a series.

The welfare state is bankrupt. It’s not just the ballooning government debt. It’s the unfunded liabilities – trillions and trillions and trillions of dollars of obligated spending. It’s the crumbling currencies of governments intent on “stimulating” their way to collapse. It’s the erosion of moral capital – of personal responsibility, planning for the future, work, and savings. Now is the time to awaken the sleeping generation, the ones who are being handed the bill for generations of irresponsibility. We can’t kick the can down the road anymore. It’s time to prepare young people for After the Welfare State.

At Atlas, Dr Tom Palmer is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. Before joining Cato he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, and the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyEthicsCritical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice, and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism and After the Welfare State.  Palmer received his BA in liberal arts from St Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his MA in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.