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Single Idea 20529

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 4. Social Utilitarianism]

Full Idea

A utilitarian political philosophy would probably be a free market with a welfare state.

Gist of Idea

Utilitarianism probably implies a free market plus welfare


Jonathan Wolff (An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev) [2006], 5 'Choosing')

Book Reference

Wolff,Jonathan: 'An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev)' [OUP 2006], p.158

A Reaction

This is roughly how Britain became, after the welfare state was added to Millian liberalism. What's missing from this formula is some degree of control of the free market, to permit welfare.

Related Idea

Idea 20515 Maximise happiness by an area of strict privacy, and an area of utilitarian interventions [Mill, by Wolff,J]