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A failed welfare state

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3059 (Published 01 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3059

Capitalism vs. Socialism


The eternal rift between the rights of the rich (capitalism) and the plight of the poor (socialism) defies all political solutions. Each country wavers back and forth, and some have reached tipping points, verging on collapse. Why can’t this rift be resolved? Perhaps the real issue isn't political or economic, but more basic and scientific. Our science is still too disruptive and destructive; so we need a new, safe science of peace and health, our most crucial but elusive goals.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 June 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA