FEE-Präsident Richard M. Ebeling geht in seiner aktuellen Kolumne für den Freeman den deutschen Ursprüngen der heute leider auch Amerika fest im Würgegriff haltenden (und nach den Präsidentenwahlen '08 womöglich sich noch verschärfenden) modernen Wohlfahrtsdiktatur auf den Grund:
"The modern welfare state had its birthplace in late nineteenth-century Imperial Germany under Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. In the 1870s the Social Democratic Party gained increasing support from the voters in elections to the parliament, the Reichstag. Fearful that the socialists might win a majority, Kaiser Wilhelm and the conservative parties resolved to thwart this dangerous challenge to their power and the existing order.
This German conception of government and the welfare state slowly but surely made its way across the Atlantic to America. In the late nineteenth century there were very few American universities that offered doctoral degrees. So an American student wishing to earn one as a capstone to his education often had to go to Europe. German universities, in the land of poets, philosophers, composers, and modern progressive thinkers, were especially appealing. Hundreds of young American economists, political scientists, historians, sociologists, and philosophers made the pilgrimage, many of them studying with leading members of the German Historical School, advocates of “state socialism.” The Americans returned home imbued with ideas about the paternalistic state and became leaders of the movement for “social reform” during what is known as the Progressive Era in the early twentieth century."
Für deutsche Freiheitsfreunde ein weiterer Grund, immer wieder daran zu erinnern, daß es durchaus auch eine freiheitliche Denkschule prinzipientreuer Liberaler in Deutschland gab, die es wiederzuentdecken und neu zu beleben gilt!