After the Social Model
By Johnny Munkhammar
191 pages, Illustrated, 4 ¾” x 6 ½”
$27.50 Paper Original
Western Europe is in deep trouble. Growth is low, unemployment is high, most people are dependent on the state and welfare services are falling apart. Yet most politicians defend the European Social Model. Reforms merely scratch the surface. But the model is not the solution to our problems – it is the problem. The high taxes put a brake on growth, the regulated labor market stops new jobs and public monopolies can’t deliver welfare services.
Forces like the international competition and the demographic situation make the need for radical reform desperate. Without reform, a collapse is coming. But if we decrease the size of the state and liberate the forces of development, Western Europe will face a new dawn. Many other countries have done it with great success. It is no secret what can be done, all it takes is political will. Facts and reality speak for themselves. This book shows what should be done and why.
Creating resources – how it has been done
Western Europe has lagged behind
Welfare, welfare society and welfare state
Taxes and what they pay for
The welfare paradox: high taxes but low welfare
The public sector can’t deliver
Public organization is the problem, not the solution
Handouts instead of employment
Growing welfare demand
Progressively fewer must provide for progressively more
Taxes will decrease
A free labor market
A more heterogeneous society
The unnecessary gap
What doesn’t fill the gap
Private welfare today
Private funding – how?
More and better
On the right track?
How to reform: good examples
Changes today – or better still, yesterday!
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