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Yuval Levin on American Conservatism
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The FiveBooks Web site has an interview with Yuval Levin in which Mr. Levin recommends five books on American conservatism. The interviewer, Jonathan Rauch, offers some of his own thoughts in questioning Mr. Levin:

[Rauch]:So what do Hayekans do, or Burkeans do, when they reach 2010. You've got big government, bigger than they've ever liked, but big government itself has become embedded in mores and traditions. Are you stuck between a revolutionary fervour to overthrow it all, and a shrugging acceptance that we're stuck with it? Or is there some third path?

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Beyond the Welfare State
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Yuval Levin, writing in the Spring issue of National Affairs:

All over the developed world, nations are coming to terms with the fact that the social-democratic welfare state is turning out to be untenable. The reason is partly institutional: The administrative state is dismally inefficient and unresponsive, and therefore ill-suited to our age of endless choice and variety. The reason is also partly cultural and moral: The attempt to rescue the citizen from the burdens of responsibility has undermined the family, self-reliance, and self-government. But, in practice, it is above all fiscal: The welfare state has turned out to be unaffordable, dependent as it is upon dubious economics and the demographic model of a bygone era. Sustaining existing programs of social insurance, let alone continuing to build new ones on the social-democratic model, has become increasingly difficult in recent years, and projections for the coming decades paint an impossibly grim and baleful picture. There is simply no way that Europe, Japan, or America can actually go where the economists' long-term charts now point — to debts that utterly overwhelm their productive capacities, governments that do almost nothing but support the elderly, and economies with no room for dynamism, for growth, or for youth. Some change must come, and so it will.

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Yuval Levin on American Conservatism
futureofcapitalism.com

The FiveBooks Web site has an interview with Yuval Levin in which Mr. Levin recommends five books on American conservatism. The interviewer, Jonathan Rauch, offers some of his own thoughts in questioning Mr. Levin:

[Rauch]:So what do Hayekans do, or Burkeans do, when they reach 2010. You've got big government, bigger than they've ever liked, but big government itself has become embedded in mores and traditions. Are you stuck between a revolutionary fervour to overthrow it all, and a shrugging acceptance that we're stuck with it? Or is there some third path?

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Beyond the Welfare State
futureofcapitalism.com

Yuval Levin, writing in the Spring issue of National Affairs:

All over the developed world, nations are coming to terms with the fact that the social-democratic welfare state is turning out to be untenable. The reason is partly institutional: The administrative state is dismally inefficient and unresponsive, and therefore ill-suited to our age of endless choice and variety. The reason is also partly cultural and moral: The attempt to rescue the citizen from the burdens of responsibility has undermined the family, self-reliance, and self-government. But, in practice, it is above all fiscal: The welfare state has turned out to be unaffordable, dependent as it is upon dubious economics and the demographic model of a bygone era. Sustaining existing programs of social insurance, let alone continuing to build new ones on the social-democratic model, has become increasingly difficult in recent years, and projections for the coming decades paint an impossibly grim and baleful picture. There is simply no way that Europe, Japan, or America can actually go where the economists' long-term charts now point — to debts that utterly overwhelm their productive capacities, governments that do almost nothing but support the elderly, and economies with no room for dynamism, for growth, or for youth. Some change must come, and so it will.

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