Two charts show how our society has been transformed in the last century or so: the party share of the UK popular vote and UK state spending as a proportion of GDP.

Via Wikipedia, the parties’ vote shares since about 1830:

And via, an updated chart I have used before: David B Smith’s historic look at the growth of state spending since 1870:

General government expenditure (green) and private expenditure (black)

Anyone who thinks this is a crisis of freedom is at best ill-informed. This is a crisis of state intervention.

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