The German Historical School of Economics
Welfare Capitalism Begins
Beginning in the early 1840s, a group of German university professors denounced the abstract theories of classical economists, rejecting theoretical analysis in favor of a historical approach. They believed that theories only express what happens in a simplified world, not in the real world, and that they offer little solution to the pressing social problems of the underprivileged. Seeking to find a middle ground between laissez-faire capitalism and the Marxist revolution, they pioneered welfare capitalism.
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