By Daniel B. Klein
This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of The Independent Review.
For social democrats, the state is to the community what the landlord is to the apartment complex or the owner is to his hotel. The notion that all social affairs within the polity are enveloped within a contract with the state, which owns some kind of encompassing substructure upon which all else within the polity depends, is the unspoken premise of social democracy and progressivism.
Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
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