welfare state

August 3, 2016

Book Review: “The Human Cost of Welfare”

Who benefits from welfare programs in the United States? You might think this would be easy to answer. But as Phil Harvey and Lisa Conyers show in their recent book The Human Cost of Welfare, it’s actually quite complicated. In their detailed yet accessible exploration of America’s welfare system, Harvey and Conyers aim to show how well-meaning programs hurt the very people they’re designed to help. After talking to welfare recipients living in tent cities in Seattle, on native reservations, and everywhere in between, the authors come to a worrying conclusion. People receiving benefits feel they lack control in their lives, miss working and the fulfillment it brings, and find the welfare system to be impersonal, confusing, and often insulting to their dignity. The book […]
July 8, 2015

Populist Policies Have Toxic Costs

The following was contributed by ASFL Local Coordinator Olanrewaju Elufisan Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and most populated country recently enthroned a new administration at the polls, with President Muhammadu Buhari at the helm of national affairs. Since the emergence of the former dictator turn democrat, Nigerians have been looking forward to the ruling party’s delivery of their promise of change. One of such promises is the monthly payment of 5000 Naira, about 30 dollars, to the unemployed. The administration seems resolved to deliver on this promise. It is at a period of economic downturn in the nation’s history, when the APC campaigned to provide security, curb corruption, and create millions of jobs. While these changes are needed and expected in the country as soon as […]