criticism of the welfare state

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Oct 17 2011 15:24
criticism of the welfare state

I'm looking for criticism of the welfare state in English
I have some texts in German, but lack them in English so that I can discuss with my Danish and Swedish comrades

I found one. Is there more?
http://libcom.org/library/welfare-state-isn%E2%80%99t-now-never-was-%E2%80%9Cgenuine-gain-working-class%E2%80%9D

thank you
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Oct 17 2011 23:33

You probably won't find any criticism of the welfare state that was originally written in English, but here is an English translation of a German text:

http://www.ruthlesscriticism.com/welfare_state.htm

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Jul 13 2015 14:08
RC wrote:
You probably won't find any criticism of the welfare state that was originally written in English, but here is an English translation of a German text:

http://www.ruthlesscriticism.com/welfare_state.htm

I don't get the comment really. Considering the fact that English as standard spans countries in at least 4 continents...I dunno.

EDIT: I'm an idiot who links to the same article as OP.

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Jul 13 2015 18:17

Meant to say: "You probably won't find any correct criticism of the welfare state that was originally written in English."

Of course you can find plenty of criticism of the welfare state in English eg from business groups. Assumed the OP was asking for a left critique. Mostly you will find Trots and the like saying that it is a great advance in the fight for socialism. A lot of anarchists get into things like the fight for a minimum wage, one of the basics of the welfare state. Or rent control, etc.

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Jul 13 2015 22:09

Most of Colin Wards politics come out of criticisms of the bureaucratic nature of the welfare state, particularly around housing. That might be worth checking out.

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Jul 14 2015 03:06

The SPGB has online contemporary pamphlets criticising the setting up of the UK welfare state.

http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlets/family-allowances-socialist...
http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlets/beveridge-re-organises-pove...
http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlets/nationalisation-or-socialis...