Days after the Soviet Union collapsed, and shortly after the Iron Curtain fell, David Kelley delivered this lecture at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France. The event was a forum for classical liberals. The audience included some 350 students, more than 100 of whom were from Eastern Europe. (The speakers were advised to speak slowly to accommodate the simultaneous translation that was underway.) The lecture, entitled “Altruism and Social Justice,” is about two types of social justice: egalitarian and welfare rights.
"The welfare state is subject to all the same problems that have made socialism unworkable," Kelley claims. "It creates perverse incentives among the people it tries to serve; it is run by a vast bureaucracy that is more interested in preserving its own power than in achieving results."
A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State by David Kelley
The welfare state rests on the assumption that people have rights to food, shelter, health care, retirement income, and other goods provided by the government. In this widely acclaimed book, David Kelley examines the historical origins of that assumption, and the rationale used to support it today.