Worshipping the NHS

In another Law & Liberty article, Theodore Dalrymple examines the almost religious fervor that surrounds the British National Health Service, which would have made a Soviet apparatchik blush.

The propaganda in favour of the NHS has been so successful that it now accords with the sentiments of the population, a triumph that no communist regime achieved despite herculean efforts at indoctrination. The triumph has been achieved without compulsion or violence and ought to be an interesting case for political scientists who study the successful inculcation of political mythology. Of course, the danger of such a study would be that it might induce doubt or cynicism about other political mythologies, and we all need such mythologies to live by.

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