It’s refreshing to learn how other Western nations strangle opportunity with insane statist policies. America, Sweden, Greece, Italy, and France create problems for themselves that Singapore, Switzerland, and New Zealand manage to avoid. They are wise to do so. As Bartholomew explains, welfare states don’t just make people less likely to work, they cause “a pandemic of unhappiness.” Bartholomew’s work is a pleasure to read.
—John Stossel, FOX News Channel
This book is an equal opportunity offender. It will offend teachers, showing them to be wedded to a system that relegates poor children to permanent educational deprivation. It will offend liberals, declaring that their welfare programs have contributed to the dependency that results in unemployment, loneliness, ignorance, and unhappiness. It will even offend libertarians because it fails to recommend destruction of welfare states. This stands as a book which tells the hard truth about how welfare states are changing the world we live in.
—Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution
All over the world, welfare states have been created with the intention of doing good. James Bartholomew’s book brilliantly assesses unintended consequences liberally sprinkled around the globe: inferior education and healthcare; persistent unemployment; unsustainable government spending and damaged cultures. This is an unprecedented and highly readable guided tour — a vital read for anyone who wants to understand how our world is changing. It is also a search for models that can show us how to do less harm and more good.
—Meir Kohn, Dartmouth College