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National Health Insurance and the Welfare State, Part 3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In his recent book The Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe (1993), historian Gale Stokes suggests, "Students who graduate from college after the turn of the millennium will almost certainly look back on the two great movements of the twentieth century, fascism and communism, ... [click for more]

“Smart Card” Is a Scary Proposal

When Bill Clinton proposed his national health-care plan on September 22, 1993, he held up to the television audience a proposed new Health Security card. Your name and your ID number (probably your Social Security number) would appear on the front. Though it looks like a credit card with a magnetic strip, it may ... [click for more]

A Warning from the Past

In A.D. 476 Odovacar, a German commander in the Roman army, sacked Rome and took over the imperial throne. That date is usually cited as the end of the Roman Empire. As a political force, Rome did end about that time, but the spirit of Roman civilization had ... [click for more]

The Standard of Liberty

The concept of a standard is as old as man himself. It has been expressed in man's earliest writings. Moses understood its principles; so did the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, the ancient dynasties of China and Japan — in every society, there have been those who have understood its principles. Standards are so powerful that adherence to their principles ... [click for more]

The War on Cash and Privacy

In the former Soviet Union, if the government wanted to apprehend and imprison someone who had committed no crime, they charged him with the catchall crime of "hooliganism." In America, the catchall crime used against organized crime figures or other Americans has for years been RICO statutes or ... [click for more]

Book Review: For Good and Evil

For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization by Charles Adams (New York: Madison Books, 1993); 530 pages; $29.95. In 1918, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter observed, "The fiscal history of a people is above all an essential part of its general history. An enormous influence on the fate of nations emanates from the economic bleeding ... [click for more]

The Real Free-Market Approach to Health Care, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 For over one hundred years, the American people said no to governmental intervention into health care. Americans did not permit their respective states to license physicians and other health-care providers. They did not permit government to provide health care to the poor and needy. No one was required to purchase ... [click for more]

National Health Insurance and the Welfare State, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The modern welfare state arose in Imperial Germany in the late 19th century. Under pressure of growing support for the Social Democratic Party in the 1870s and 1880s, Kaiser Wilhem II and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck attempted to preempt the appeal of radical socialism by establishing a series of socialized ... [click for more]

Clinton’s Health-Care Plan for You: Cradle-to-Grave Slavery, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 Under President Clinton's health-care plan, every person in America will be registered by the federal government and issued a red, white and blue "Health Security Card." This includes independent contractors, the self-employed, the homeless, and illegal immigrants who have regular jobs. Babies will be registered at birth. As The Clinton Blueprint: The President's Health Security ... [click for more]

Free Medicine

Nearly every reform proposal offered to fix "the health-care crisis" calls for increased governmental control of medicine. These proposals are the logical result of the belief that there is a "right" to medical care. But there is no such right. Rights, properly understood, do not include an entitlement to the services of others. Recall the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson referred ... [click for more]

The Confusion over Rights

The fastest-growing federal programs are entitlements and transfer programs. These programs include Medicare, food stamps, housing assistance, and Social Security, among others. Transfer programs have risen from 15% of federal spending in 1953 to 20% in 1965, to almost 45% in 1992. Any serious attempt to control federal spending must begin with these programs. [click for more]
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