Uruguay: A Wel-Fairy Tale

Once upon a time in 1952 the 3,000,000 people of Uruguay voted to have a nine-man council instead of a President, and everyone cried hooray. Even though they didn't always agree, the council members tried hard to get along, and the land, which was already very welfare-minded, became even more so. One-fourth of all the workers got jobs with the government at which they worked only half a day; and for every 2½ people working, there was one who had retired at 45, sometimes with full pay. It was wonderful. The people didn't worry because they had all those...