Thoughts on economics and liberty

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.

Key words

Milestones of socialism, decline of the West, social democracy


Sanjeev Sabhlok

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