One day, not soon, the welfare state will extend its benefits to all those men and women who are at present its occasional victims, its nominal or partial members. That day will not be the end of political history. But it will represent the end of a particular history, and one in which socialists have been very much involved, if not always on our own terms.
It is worth reflecting on what that day will be like—what will we want then?— even while we fight to perfect the system of ben...
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