Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Britain’s libertarian generation

Children of Thatcher: Britain’s Libertarian Generation - Hit & Run : Reason.com Emily Ekins:

Jue 3, 2013 - "The Economist recently reviewed the long-running British Social Attitudes survey (BSA), among other surveys, finding that:
Young Britons are classical liberals: as well as prizing social freedom, they believe in low taxes, limited welfare and personal responsibility. In America they would be called libertarians....
"While two-thirds of Britons born before 1938 “consider the welfare state ‘one of Britain’s proudest achievements’.” Less than one-third of millennial Britons agree.

"Britons aged 18-24 are more likely to say social problems are the responsibility of individuals rather than the state, prioritize deficit reduction, support privatization of utilities, and more likely to reject bans on cigarette branding. They care about the environment, but also commerce and are more likely to have set up their own businesses than their peers in any other large EU country. "Young Britons are also more socially tolerant, and have a more relaxed approach toward alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana than other young people in the European Union. The Economist concludes libertarianism is growing especially among Britain’s young, politically engaged minority, and views'“this trend among the politically active as the visible tip of an iceberg of passive libertarian sentiment among the disengaged.'”

Read more: http://reason.com/blog/2013/06/03/children-of-thatcher-britains-libertaria
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