"The Fall of France"
Absolutely crystal-clear example of the limited upside and massive downside of big government.
Upside: high-speed rail and this:
As a new mother, I was surprised at the many state benefits to be had if you filled out all the forms: Diapers were free; nannies were tax-deductible; free nurseries existed in every neighborhood. State social workers arrived at my door to help me “organize my nursery.” My son’s school lunch consists of three courses, plus a cheese plate.
Downside: read for yourself.