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Ignorance is an evil weed, which dictators may cultivate among their dupes, but which no democracy can afford among its citizens.

William Beveridge

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His last words as he sat up in bed whilst still working on his 'History of Prices' were "I have a thousand things to do". Bevin was reluctant to let Beveridge have his way but did commission him to work on a relatively unimportant manpower survey from June 1940 and so Beveridge became a temporary civil servant. His report he was keen to reassure them was eugenic in intent and would prove so in effect.

He was Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 1919 until 1937 when he was elected Master of University College Oxford. Beveridge publiWilliam Beveridged widely on unemployment and social security his most notable works being: Unemployment: A Problem of Industry (1909) Planning Under Socialism (1936) Full Employment in a Free Society (1944) Pillars of Security (1948) Power and Influence (1953) and A Defence of Free Learning (1959).

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