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The Welfare State in the Consumer Society
The welfare state in the consumer society

Our contemporary social order is built on the ability of self-determination, by giving citizens a collective right to self-governement. And this not only in political terms: every person in our modern society stands more than ever alone. She no longer has an intimate, narrow circle of solidarity to rely on, like the family, the village or the church. She must therefore be able to plan her conduct and have visions about her living possibilities as well as make many more decisions on her own responsibility.

(Alva and GunnarMyrdal, 1935)*
‘The Welfare State Has Become a Problem for Us’

The shift from industrial to consumer capitalism shattered the principles of justification on all fronts, in particular, ...

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