February 02, 2005

Who started this SocSec failure idea?

If you've ever wondered what the origins of the "Social Security won't be there for you" meme are, it seems to have started in 1983 with a short paper (15-page PDF) from the Cato Institute called "Achieving a Leninist Strategy," we now know. In case you've forgotten, here's Cato's ideal view of America:

The Jeffersonian philosophy that animates Cato's work has increasingly come to be called "libertarianism" or "market liberalism." It combines an appreciation for entrepreneurship, the market process, and lower taxes with strict respect for civil liberties and skepticism about the benefits of both the welfare state and foreign military adventurism.

Hmm. Despite that bit about "foreign military adventurism," I haven't heard too many of that crowd squalling about Iraq. For that matter, I haven't heard them making noise about Ashcroft and the Patriot Act, either.

Posted by Linkmeister at February 2, 2005 02:34 PM