Source: The Ben and Joel Podcast
Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis
March 03, 2011

With this edition of the podcast, Ben and Joel launch the first of an ongoing series on inequality in the United States. Over the next several months, Ben and Joel will discuss the problem of income and social inequality with some of the nation’s leading thinkers, economists, political scientists and journalists.

Kicking off the series with Ben and Joel is William Voegeli, a senior editor at the Claremont Review of Books and author of “Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State.”

Among the questions we discuss:

  • Is it true that America’s welfare state is really limitless? Do the protests in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere suggest that there are limits?
  • How much government are Americans willing to pay for?
  • What is liberalism’s guiding principal, if any? Is liberalism an “ad hoc-racy”?
  • How does conservatism identify and solve social problems?
  • Is true income equality possible? Is it desirable?
    Is there a way to “turn the social policy dials” to correct social ills?
  • Does California prove the limits of the “welfare state”? Can Jerry Brown save it?
  • And much, much more!

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