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Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Daniel Hannan on lessons from European welfare states

Conservative European Parliament member Daniel Hannan recently sat down with TheDC’s Ginni Thomas to explore the lessons the U.S. can learn from the tragic missteps of the European welfare state.

“By expanding welfare in the way that we have,” Hannan said, “we haven’t just made ourselves poorer and less competitive. We’ve made our people worse citizens.”

Look for this provocative interview Monday morning, only at The Daily Caller.

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  • BritCat

    Expansion of the state disempowers the people. A state that controls every important decision from the curriculum a child is taught at school to when they pull the plug on you at the end of life will inevitably produce a people who are “broken to the state”, feeling no responsibility because they made no choice and have no input – impotent, slacker, dispirited, broken people. While inevitable, this is not just an unwanted side effect of the socialist state (as they used to say in Russia “you pretend to pay us and we pretend to work”) it is the very point of the socialist state. Socialists are people who are incapable of competing in and succeeding productively in the real world but rather whose sole skill is the ability to manipulate other people – typically through either bribes (benefits expropriated from more productive people) or through campaigns of vilification against some enemy (one thinks of Hitler’s National Socialists hatred of the Jews, of Stalins anti-Semitic campaigns or Mao’s campaigns against capitalist roaders or the “days of hate” in Orwell’s 1984. The only way the kind of people who become socialist leaders can succeed is by using their complete amorality to rise to rule over gullible people who trusted them while suppressing and extorting their betters in real world productivity. Socialists are parasites. An organism with parasites is sick. A society governed by parasites is sick as well and in the same way.

  • dsmith43081

    Does anybody else think that it is improper for the wife of a Supreme Court Justice to be so involved in partisan politics? Can’t Clarence Thomas shut her up?

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  • Hamilton-Jeffersonian

    Germany withstood the recession better than most any other country in the world. Wonder why…

    • minicapt

      Because their Democrats are either Social or Christian.