The Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal has explored the depths of the state and produced an array of meaningful studies that shaped the economic systems in different parts of the world. He is an advocate of equality in terms of social benefits; a warlord against poverty, and a conservative of economic growth. His ideologies became the basis of American view of the welfare state with regards to providing the most valuable needs of its people.
Further, Myrdal’s ideologies come from his thorough observation, that each nation, rich or poor should consider serious and systematic planning and integration rather than government and economic perfection or absolute freedom from poverty. Poverty, as we know it cannot possibly be eradicated but diminished and a ready answer to this problem can make a difference. In his essay Planning in the Welfare State from Beyond the Welfare State (1960), Myrdal discusses how the economy of a nation can be further uplifted by thorough planning
In this light, we will analyze how America takes its course on economic growth based on Gunnar Myrdal’s ideology on becoming a welfare state. Body In Planning in the Welfare State, Myrdal shares his observations on the Western political and economic culture (Myrdal, 1960): “In some of the Western countries, and particularly in the United States, many people are straining their minds in order to believe, against facts and reason, that their relative social harmony—of which they too are usually quite proud—is not “created” at all, but just
natural, and that they have a “free economy,” ruled by market forces. It can even be seen that, to many persons, the term “Welfare State” has negative, not positive, connotations—not, of course, because they do not appreciate welfare, but because they are bent upon protecting themselves against realizing that welfare has not come into being by itself, as a result of the unhampered play of market forces, but through public policies, which are all under the ultimate sanction of the state. ”
Planning in the Welfare State 1 Following this, America found a better explanation on why progress in general becomes a far cry rather than a dream come true. Myrdal was right. It is undeniable that the United States, along with other Western countries, has always projected a successful economy despite racial discrimination (which also caught Myrdal’s attention and released An American Dilemma in 1944) and several legislative disputes. They have remained active in the global market in all aspects.
It almost seems like Myrdal had been an antagonist to the wealthier Western nations, when in fact, the economist is a challenge and his ideologies are mirrors that tell them what needed focus. Based on his ideals, the lack of coordination and reasonable planning, and the efforts of the government running short hamper further productivity. Like Myrdal puts it: “As the state is increasingly involved in coordinating and regulating the national economy, it becomes compelled to make short-term and long-term forecasts” (460).
The short and long-term forecasts were a make-or-break unless given profound contemplation that is directed to social welfare—housing, social security and social justice, employment, equality, and political empowerment. The details must be taken seriously, as Myrdal implies and plans should be derived from a realistic and considerable time span. The United States of America had begun looking not only fifteen years ahead. The country has developed The “Welfare State” is two-sided: the people and the government.
While the government of the United States tries to create a suited plan for its citizens, there are cases when these plans become almost useless due to the changing times. Planning in the Welfare State 1 Presently, the United States economic status is determined by the market forces, which prove to be favorable at their end. By keeping up with the global competition, the US also strives to make a. Conclusion America consciously takes its course as a welfare state following the ideologies of Gunnar Myrdal.
Although this country does boast of a perfect economic and political system while exercising the rules ideal for its people, it is safe to say that the United Sates has properly adapted the Welfare State environment. So far, the country’s ability to provide its people the means for individual, as well as racial, progress can be considered a model for certain nations that need further planning in order to be economically and politically successful. On the other hand, let us stress that the United States of America, although belonging to the First World Country, is not an absolute Welfare State.
There are still poor people in this country; discrimination still exists but compared to other nations whose economic and political status need overhaul, America is by far a frontliner in the Western world. Its will to create a strong government and a productive economy based on Myrdal’s ideology is by far an intelligent option than to remain in the corners of Liberalism without harmony. Myrdal is America’s conscience that leads to constant improvement. America today is a memory of Myrdal and his vision of a true Welfare State.