Moderator asks panel, "what is appropriate role for the state?"
Himmelfarb: real problem is that the evidence is not in Blond's favour. Medicare, early childcare can't be devolved to community and still work as well.
DiNovo: we need participatory democracy and eliminate first past the post.
Alexander: we in Canada have huge assets thatc an be tapped.
Blond asked to wrap up in 20 seconds. Here goes: what came first? Were ppl born into he state? Did they emerge from the cave into the state? The state is the product of setting civil society.
Blond: what breaks the state is the notion of the free rider. Denmark seeing roll back of he welfare state because it didn't expand to include new migrants. Need mutual support.
Blond: it still seems to me that something is lost to Canada with the absence of Red Toryism
Blond: He's never heard that the left believes in society. Focus has always been on the state.
In conclusion, Blond says, " the Big Society came first!"
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