28th July 2018
Chronology of the slippery slope – or the descent of the West into socialism
The West has been led by progressives for over a hundred years now, and it is very hard to distinguish between various political parties – all of them being far to the left of the classical liberal position.
Here are some key milestones in the descent of the West into a socialist quagmire. Note that I only include things as socialist which directly involve economic redistribution. I exclude any minimal insurance of the poor. Unfortunately, virtually everywhere in the West, there is far greater redistribution today than ever before.
Feel free to send me things I’ve missed:
“As early as 1871, Bismarck articulated the trick he intended to play on the left by offering a vote and a pension to the working class” [Deirdre Nansen McCloskey]
Of course, everything can be traced back to Plato. Then Rousseau. See Four Essays on Liberty: Isaiah Berlin.
Milestones of socialism, decline of the West, social democracy