Jean-Jacques Rousseau famously wrote:
In order then that the social compact may not be an empty formula, it tacitly includes the undertaking, which alone can give force to the rest, that whoever refuses to obey the general will shall be compelled to do so by the whole body.
And thus were sowed the seeds of the modern welfare state. FDR revived it under the banner of the "The New Deal". Australia's only sacked Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, sold "It's Time" for universal welfare to the Australian public. And now Kevin Rudd, a man known for his control freak tendencies, is peddling Mussolini-lite feel-good, nanny-state policies. Examples here, here, here, here, here, here, here and of course here (almost within the first six months of a three year term). Anyone feel like a Change?
Well, Messers Sauders, Humphreys, Dubossarsky and Samild ride to the rescue and provide us a contemporary revision of Rousseau's old dictum: choose to be free. Through a confluence of classic liberal and obscure libertarian ideas, they succeed in fashioning a prototype post modern welfare state. Their suggestions are well reasoned albeit controversial.