The Conscience of a Conservative

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Chapter Eight
The Welfare State

Washington -- The President estimated that the expenditures of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in the fiscal year 1961(including Social Security payments) would exceed $15,000,000,000. Thus the current results of New Deal legislation are Federal disbursements for human welfare in this country second only to national defense.

The New York Times, January 18, 1960, p. 1.

F OR MANY YEARS it appeared that the principal domestic threat to our freedom was contained in the doctrines of Karl Marx. The collectivists -- non-Communists as well as Communists -- had adopted the Marxist objective of "socializing the means of production." And so it seemed that if collectivization were imposed, it would take the form of a State owned and operated economy. I doubt whether this is the main threat any longer.

The collectivists have found, both in this country and in other industrialized nations of the West, that free enterprise has removed the economic and social conditions that might have made a class struggle possible. Mammoth productivity, wide distribution of wealth, high standards of living, the trade union movement -- these and other fac


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