Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum



Although collectivist ideas have everywhere fallen into disrepute, this essay argues that socialism nevertheless will survive and be extended in the new century. That gloomy prospect looms, not because socialism is more efficient or more just, but because ceding control over their actions to others allows individuals to escape, evade and even deny personal responsibilities. People are afraid to be free; the state stands in loco parentis. The breaching of plausibly acceptable fiscal limits in the first half of the new century will determine how the basic conflict between welfare dependency and liberal principles will be resolved.


Public Choice Parental Role Market Order Managerial Socialism Parental Motivation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Buchanan, J. M., & Congleton, R. D. (1998). Politics by Principle, Not Interest: Toward Nondiscriminatory Democracy. Cambridge University Press: New York and Cambridge.Google Scholar
  2. Hayek, F. A. (1988). The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism. University of Chicago Press: Chicago.Google Scholar
  3. de Jasay, A. (1985). The State. Basil Blackwell: Oxford.Google Scholar
  4. Rawls, J. (1971). A Theory of Justice. Harvard University Press: Cambridge.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Study of Public ChoiceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

Personalised recommendations