Politicians are leading nations to financial ruin. After the Welfare State is a new book that shows how and why that is happening. The welfare state is the creation of Germany's militarist Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who initiated it as a means of making people dependent on the state. It has since come to colonize the planet. After the Welfare State combines economics, history, philosophy, and political science in readable and clear essays to diagnose the ills of the modern state and to provide cure that rely on voluntary action, rather than coercion. After the Welfare State makes the case for freedom and responsibility over submission and dependency.