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Is Social Security Reform Paternalistic?

Under Some Proposals, Tax Payments Are Only the Beginning
JANUARY 01, 2004

One great, and valid, complaint about Social Security is that it is paternalistic: it does things for the individual that he should do for himself. In so doing, it commits the twin transgressions of forcing some people to support others and making the beneficiaries the servile dependents of the state.

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Social Security: Mythmaking and Policymaking

The Government Program Is Robed in Myths
DECEMBER 01, 2003

Beginning in 1935, when Social Security was enacted, the program's administrators made a huge effort to shape the public's understanding of and beliefs about it. In speeches, articles, pamphlets, and other mass-circulation literature, they described Social Security as "insurance" under which workers pay "contributions" or "premiums" to receive "guaranteed" benefits that, being "paid for," are theirs "as a matter of earned right," without any means test.1

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The Power to Destroy

A Powerful Book That Could Catalyze a True Tax Rebellion
OCTOBER 01, 2000

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The Myth of the Social Security Trust Fund

The Looted Trust Fund Myth Is a Serious Barrier to Social Security Reform
MARCH 01, 2000

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A New Deal for Social Security by Peter Ferrara and Michael Tanner

Ferrara and Tanner Offer a Welcome Exercise in Thinking Through Social Security
JANUARY 01, 2000

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For Your Own Good: The Anti-Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health by Jacob Sullum

A Welcome Voice of Reason and Truth about Cigarettes
MARCH 01, 1999

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Smuggled Cigarettes, Unteachable Politicians

High Cigarette Taxes Have Predictable Consequences
SEPTEMBER 01, 1998

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Drawing Life: Surviving the Unabomber

A Heartening Account of Triumph over a Life-Shattering Attack
JULY 01, 1998

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Reputation: Studies in the Voluntary Elicitation of Good Conduct edited by Daniel B. Klein

A Valuable Contribution to Our Understanding of Free Markets
MARCH 01, 1998

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The Big Lie: What Every Baby Boomer Should Know About Social Security and Medicare by A. Haeworth Robertson

A Concise, Angry, and Hard-Hitting Look at One of the Greatest Frauds Perpetrated on the American Public
JANUARY 01, 1998

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Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz

A Handy and Timely Introduction to an Appealing Alternative to Statism
AUGUST 01, 1997

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Contending With Hayek: On Liberalism, Spontaneous Order and the Post-Communist Societies in Transition

Hayek's Ideas Receive the Thorough and Serious Exploration They Deserve
JUNE 01, 1996

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Democracy and Leadership

One of the Century's Greatest Works of Political Philosophy
MAY 01, 1996

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Russell Kirk's Economics of the Permanent Things

A Free Market Serves Humane Values
APRIL 01, 1996

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A Moral Basis for Liberty

Entrepreneurs Must Be Other-Regarding
SEPTEMBER 01, 1995

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The Immorality of Social Security

Proponents Wrongly Argue That Social Security Is Humane, Compassionate, and Enlightened
JANUARY 01, 1995

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Facing Up: How to Rescue the Economy from Crushing Debt and Restore the American Dream

A Badly Needed Education in Economic and Budgetary Realities
OCTOBER 01, 1994
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