36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
This is a brilliant book.,
This review is from: The Welfare State We're in (Paperback)
Despite our great wealth, depression, anxiety, anger disorders and addictions are increasing dramatically in this country and the source of much of this can be traced to the type of society politicians have created over the last 100 years: the Welfare State. Bartholomew shows how this happened and why, despite the good intentions of most of those individuals responsible for it, it is not good for us. Indeed it has proved to be a social disaster.
Despite what some reviewers have said I did not find this to be "a right wing" analysis at all. It is honest and heartfelt and apolitical, written by a man who used to assume, like most of us, that the Welfare State ideal was "a good thing".
If you take the trouble to read it, no hardship since it is so well written and full of a huge number of riveting real-life stories, it will revitalise your understanding of why governments of the last 50 years have made such a mess of this country: even if they didn't mean to. Nature did not design the human brain to become addicted to having 'the State' solve all our problems for us. To go against how Nature designed us to operate - which is that we must stretch ourselves to solve problems individually and thereby survive in the world - is making us very sickly indeed.
Anyone with a clear head can learn from this book.