In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State

Front Cover
AEI Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Political Science - 214 pages
13 Reviews
America's population is wealthier than any in history. Every year, the American government redistributes more than a trillion dollars of that wealth to provide for retirement, health care, and the alleviation of poverty. We still have millions of people without comfortable retirements, without adequate health care, and living in poverty. Only a government can spend so much money so ineffectually. The solution is to give the money to the people. This is the Plan, a radical new approach to social policy that defies any partisan label. Murray suggests eliminating all welfare transfer programs at the federal, state, and local levels and substituting an annual $10,000 cash grant to everyone age twenty-one or older. In Our Hands describes the financial feasibility of the Plan and its effects on retirement, health care, poverty, marriage and family, work, neighborhoods and civil society.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: In Our Hands : A Plan To Replace The Welfare State

User Review  - Angela Alcorn - Goodreads

Heard about this book in an article about Switzerland's Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive. Sounds like an interesting ideal! Read full review

Review: In Our Hands : A Plan To Replace The Welfare State

User Review  - Corbin Brown - Goodreads

Charles Murray improves on the idea of a negative income tax (NIT) by offering a 10k dollar a year grant to every individual age 21 and over, regardless of marital status or income. At a certain ... Read full review


The Plan
Health Care

11 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Lehrbuch der Soziologie
Hans Joas
Limited preview - 2007

About the author (2006)

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar in Culture and Freedom at the American Enterprise Institute. His previous books include Losing Ground (1984), In Pursuit (1988), The Bell Curve (1994, with Richard J. Herrnstein), What It Means to Be a Libertarian (1997), and Human Accomplishment (2003).

Bibliographic information