Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, writing at Forbes, address the epic failure known as the welfare state.
Their basic hypothesis is that the freedom provided by true capitalism is win-win. That is, capitalism allows all—buyers/sellers; employers/employees; the black/the white/the red and brown, the purple and yellow—to participate (or not participate) in economic transactions as they see fit. Conversely, the un-freedom of the mandates of the welfare state require the productive to support the unproductive.
From Brook and Watkins:
…if the false charge against capitalism is that it allows “the strong” to exploit “the weak,” then the true nature of the welfare state is that it allows “the weak”—i.e., the unproductive—to exploit “the strong”—i.e., the productive.
Although our elites tend to use differing forms of Darwinism as an explanation for almost all things, the modern welfare state is a sort of reverse economic Darwinism; an anti-Darwinism.
I’m ready for the social evolution theorist to provide a proper explanation of how we mutated (and to what societal benefit) to the welfare state. Something about unintended consequences, I suppose.