In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

by Charles Murray

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Imagine that the United States were to scrap all its income transfer programs—including Social Security, Medicare, and all forms of welfare—and give every American age twenty-one and older $10,000 a year for life.This is the Plan, a radical new approach to social policy that defies any partisan label. First laid out by Charles Murray a decade ago, the updated edition reflects economic developments since that time. Murray, who previous books include Losing Ground and The Bell Curve, demonstrates that the Plan is financially feasible and the uses detailed analysis to argue that many goals of the welfare state—elimination of poverty, comfortable retirement for everyone, universal access to healthcare—would be better served under the Plan than under the current system. Murray’s goal, shared by Left and Right, is a society in which everyone, including the unluckiest among us, has the opportunity and means to construct a satisfying life. In Our Hands offers a rich and startling new way to think about how that goal might be achieved.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442260719
Publisher: Aei Press
Publication date: 05/15/2016
Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 777,297
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute. His previous books include Losing Ground (1984), In Pursuit (1988), The Bell Curve (1994, with Richard J. Hernstein), What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), and Human Accomplishment (2003). He lives in Burkittsville, Maryland.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ground Rules
Preface to the 2016 Edition

Part I. Framework
1. The Plan
2. Basic Finances

Part II. Immediate Effects
3. Health Care
4. Retirement
5. Poverty
6. The Underclass
7. Work Disincentives

Part III . The Larger Purpose
8. The Pursuit of Happiness in Advanced Societies
9. Work
10. Family
11. Community
12. Conclusion
About the Author

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