Warfare State to Welfare State: Conflict Causes Government to Expand at Home
By Ivan Eland
This article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of The Independent Review


Conservatives who advocate hawkish U.S. foreign policies might rethink their bellicose stance if they better understood the growth the welfare state. U.S. wars have contributed to numerous tools of Big Government, including the federal income tax, progressive taxation, tax withholding, the estate tax, gas taxes, the Internal Revenue Service, federal relief for the poor, public works, Social Security, government registration of marriages, public housing, wartime inflation, price controls, employer-based health insurance, banks bailouts, and more.

Other Independent Review articles by Ivan Eland
    Fall 2015   Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty
    Fall 2003   The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex
    Fall 2000   The Political Economy of NATO: Past, Present and into the 21st Century

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