The welfare state is poisonous for EU
A very interesting article by Frederic Erixon is published at Bloomberg. It is called "To Thrive, Euro Countries Must Cut Welfare State". It is worth reading it. It is very edifying... I would confirm its thesis, that the main problem of Europe (and USA too, I can add) is the welfare state that stimulates the lazy consumption and represses working and entrepreneurism. It is a logical absurd to guarantee rights (such as minimum income) without guaranteeing obligations against them. In fact the welfare state is a poison for the society. It can destroy the society entirely. The progress and growth are based on real work, and not on government programs and social rights.
It is interesting to know that in France there is more that 10 absolutely legal
methods to live, without working. Even if you are not ill and have the ability
to work, you don't have to work, as you can live as a parasite using the
enormous social system. Also in France, you have administration and bureaucracy
bigger than in Greece, that had already defaulted. And some analysts pointed
that the Greece bureaucracy was bigger than the totalitarian socialist bureaucracy
of USSR. So what about the French bureaucracy then...:))) At the moment this
highly paid and doing nothing officers are consuming 12% of GDP. In addition to
this, in France we can see millions of people that are 3rd generation living
without working - so called profession "unemployed" - paid up by
government to sit at home and do nothing.
The same is all over EU. The wrongful welfare state established after WW2
destroyed the classic capitalism and ruined the economic fundament of Europe.
Real economy is out of Europe, it is in more free and capitalistic regions
(mostly in Asia). But the main damage of the welfare state is in changing the
thinking of the people. After half a century of stupid pro-social education and
uninterrupted political marketing based on inculcating the rightness of welfare state, the EU
population now knows and believes that it has to have rights, and guaranteed
income, and does not have to work for it. The people think and believe this is
normal and right. This mind-damage is disastrous for Europe as it creates
resistance to every attempt to reform the system. And this way - further
worsening the situation.
At the end of 80-s it bankrupted the Eastern Socialism. But on West it also was
Socialism (some better organized, and with more democracy, but generally - also
Socialism). It won 2 more decades, thanks to high extent to borrowing loans and
government indebting. But now the moment of truth is coming...