The article sets out to make a case for the welfare state. The author of the article intends to defend the welfare state theory by countering the criticism levelled against it, by basing his arguments on the theories posited by three proponents of the welfare state, namely, T.H. Marshall, Karl Polanyi, and Alva Myrdal. He also suggests reconsideration of the debate about the need for the welfare state. Thus, in the process, he establishes the need for the welfare state.