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The most recent die Zeit article on the subject is here.

Here is a brief excerpt that I think frames the issue fairly well (xlation m.o.):

In fact, for some time now, experts have distinguished between three different models for national social systems:

  • the Anglo-Saxon model, in which the state organizes large portions of the society such as education and health through private means and social security is restricted to preventing destitution;

  • the continental European model, in which a large portion of social benefits is financed through contribution payments from employers and their employees rather than taxes;

  • the Scandinavian model, in which the welfare state is financed primarily through taxes and self-employed and marginally employed persons are also entitled to comprehensive social benefits.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Jun 22nd, 2005 at 02:30:02 AM EST
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