Single Idea 23417

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 3. Welfare provision]

Full Idea

Charles Taylor says the neutral [liberal] state undermines the sense of community which is required for citizens to accept the sacrifices demanded by the welfare state.

Gist of Idea

If the state is neutral, there won't be sufficient community to support a welfare state


report of Charles Taylor (Atomism [1979]) by Will Kymlicka - Community 'legitimacy'

Book Reference

'A Companion to Contemporary Political Phil', ed/tr. Goodin,R.E/Pettit,Philip [Blackwell 1995], p.374

A Reaction

As someone who believes in the welfare state, I think this is correct. Extreme individualistic liberalism is incompatible with a welfare state. A liberal society needs institutions which draw free individuals into the community.