Liberal Individualism And The American Welfare System

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Liberal individualism generally functioned as the essential model focusing on the American welfare. Davies’ book called “From Opportunity to Entitlement” monitors the shifting from opportunity liberalism to entitlement liberalism during President Johnson’s war on poverty. Davies gives careful consideration to the political and authoritative battles of the 1960’s, particularly in the course of seeing the American welfare system differently. There were several important historical events and circumstances that contributed to the transition from opportunity liberalism to entitlement liberalism. These included the White House Planning Conference, Civil Rights Movement, Race and Poverty, National Welfare Movement, and the Vietnam War.
Davies’ summarization of the White House Planning Conference talks about all families should possess the right to prosper in ways of their own choice and should also be provided with an economic or non-economic support in order to apply such rights. “According to Davies, Andrew Young a representative of Martin Luther King showed the superior analysis that most likely there is nothing wrong with the Negro family meanwhile other sponsors revolted the determined moralism of policy.” (Davies, pp 96). Another remarkable highlight of the conference was the occurrence with which the legislative body disputed that liberal ideals were an impairment to social and racial fairness. The observation that conventional liberalism and the country’s individualist
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