Writings on the Welfare State from an Anarchist or Marxist Perspective

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potrokin
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Nov 7 2016 14:17
Writings on the Welfare State from an Anarchist or Marxist Perspective

Hi folks, my anarchist girlfriend is looking for anarchist or marxist reading material on the welfare state and possible alternatives. Can any of you help?

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Nov 7 2016 22:09

hi there - in German language.
http://kosmoprolet.org/moloch-und-heilsbringer-zur-geschichte-und-kritik...

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Nov 8 2016 08:59

Thankyou, but unfortunately neither of us can read German.

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Nov 8 2016 11:24

The German text published in 2016 is a universal account, because taking a marxist perspective you cannot discuss the British or any other national model in isolation. The crisis of the welfare state is long going and you may start out with this piece. Contradictions of the Welfare State by Claus Offe.

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/contradictions-welfare-state

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Nov 8 2016 11:33

I found it online "..the vision of
overcoming the welfare state and resurrecting a 'healthy' market
economy is not much more than the politically impotent day-dream
of some Ideologues of the old middle class. "

https://laelectrodomestica.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/offe-claus-contra...

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Nov 8 2016 14:54

Hmm, I am pretty sure someone else asked a very similar question a few years back. I couldn't find it through the search function, however.

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Nov 8 2016 19:15
Khawaga wrote:
Hmm, I am pretty sure someone else asked a very similar question a few years back. I couldn't find it through the search function, however.

Maybe this one?
http://libcom.org/forums/theory/comunisanarchist-criticism-nordic-model-18102013

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Nov 8 2016 19:30

Yeah, that may be it.

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Nov 8 2016 19:58

http://www.ruthlesscriticism.com/welfare_state.htm

potrokin
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Nov 8 2016 21:34

Thankyou guys, so nice of you to help. Very useful smile

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Nov 9 2016 20:21

An oldie but a goodie
http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/pamphlets/beveridge-re-organises-poverty

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Nov 16 2016 11:04

We had a previous short thread on this here: https://libcom.org/forums/theory/criticism-welfare-state-17102011

Here are some other links
UK ultraleft critique of the welfare state, looking at its origins in the social programs of the dictator Bismarck: http://libcom.org/library/welfare-state-isn%E2%80%99t-now-never-was-%E2%...

Article about the view of anarchists on the rise of the welfare state in the US with the New Deal: https://libcom.org/library/anarchists-rise-welfare-state

A personal account/analysis from a worker in legal aid:
https://libcom.org/library/reflections-work-legal-aid-welfare-state

if someone could post that Ruthless Criticism article up in the library here it would be much appreciated!