The movie Dunkirk recounts an astounding story of courage and self-sacrifice, without which Hitler might have won World War II. One can draw a straight line from Britain’s heroic solidarity in the war to the welfare state that emerged in peacetime.
Here’s a great L.A. Times article on the derision of “American-style” healthcare in the current British debate over reforming and streamlining the National Health Service. The English were none too pleased when Sarah Palin and Republicans in general slammed their cherished NHS during the American healthcare reform debate, decrying its “death panels” and alleged cruelty. […]