Wednesday, October 9, 2013


With the current deadlock in the US over affordable health care and the Republicans accusing Democrats of espousing socialism, it is time to remind ourselves what exactly a welfare or social state is. Do your research and make notes, which you can then use to write a definition essay on the topic.
Reading material to annotate
1.       “What is a welfare state?”
2.       “Marching to Bismark’s drummer: the origins of the modern welfare state” by: Richard Ebeling;
3.       “How to conceptualize the welfare state” Note to the student: skip this link unless you are an advanced student.
5.       “Welfare state: Germany”
Videos to watch and make notes on
1.       “Welfare state” Note to the student: there are a series of videos on this site on the issue all of which are interesting.
2.       “A social democratic model of  civil society and the welfare state”
3.       “How economic inequality harms societies”

     Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:  

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