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Robert Higgs

Robert Higgs (born 1 February 1944) is an American economic historian, economist combining the insights from the Public Choice, Institutional and Austrian schools of economics, and a libertarian anarchist in political and legal theory and public policy.

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Mayor Frank Jackson, challengers Zack Reed and Jeff Johnson each say why they deserve the job, via Robert Higgs.
Except that one awesome one that says "this is the ideal male body" and it's a picture of Robert Higgs and his dog. But I can't find it.
This good read One book that handled warfare and welfare systematically was Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs.
"If I had to use a single word to describe what is fundamentally wrong with government today, I would use the word fraud."--Robert Higgs
Was the U.S. gov's entry & involvement in World War II responsible for the recovery following the Great Depression?.
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My son posted this from Robert Higgs:
"Robert Johnson and the devil, man. Don't know who's gonna rip off who.". -- Nick Cave, "Higgs Boson Blues"
Since the end of the nineteenth century, if not earlier, presidents have misled the public ...
Robert Higgs shares his thoughts on "Splendid Essays on Learning and Teaching
Many anti-energy groups display little appreciation of the extent to which modern economies...
you should get Dr Robert Higgs on the podcast!!
We need to have a modicum of faith in people's common sense, creativit...
Some doomsayers think the collapse will be triggered by runaway govern...
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Austria, Germany and the U.S. South did not disappear as a result of t...
For further elaboration on this see Robert Higgs "The State is too dangerous to tolerate"
"Regime uncertainty": destructive policies. A term dubbed by Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute
"State-dominated societies are always hateridden and spiteful.". Robert Higgs
God in the Stadium : Sports and Religion in America by Robert J. Higgs (1995,...
Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous. ❀ Robert Higgs
A bit of cold water from our beloved Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs: Populist Fascism and the Politics of Class Resentment via
Populist Fascism and the Politics of Class Resentment - Robert Higgs
Sometimes people don't like this. But I'm with the great Robert Higgs in not wanting to fight other libertarians.
You can find this quote in Robert Higgs' article,. No More Great Presidents:.
Robert Higgs: The Hot-Air Barrier: A Major Reason for the Infeasibility of Representative Government via
"Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs bill to cut funding to Planned Parenthood in Ohio" by Robert Higgs -
Dr. Robert Higgs on why there are no good cops:
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"We couldn't even have a poverty problem if not for public policy." - Robert Higgs
"The more I learned about government as we know it -- government as it actually is -- the more horrified I became." - Robert Higgs
NEW! Taking a Stand ft. Robert Higgs: “Competition is the salvation of oppressed people.”
Robert Higgs reflects on individual liberty, the role of the state in human affairs, etc.:
I stand by what Robert Higgs has to say on the debate.
Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy: Economist Robert Higgs discusses what he's lear...
EconLog -- Meta-Crisis, by Bryan Caplan: Whenever new shocking news breaks, I remember what Robert Higgs wrote back…
From Robert Higgs's article:. ---Because it creates such widespread and powerful incentives for people to engage...
Do you agree with Robert Higgs about the destruction of moral character?
"When you spend enough time traveling around, you see that when people enter the United States they're treated like garbage." - Robert Higgs
Yes: "A massively entertained, hyper fearful bunch of people who will sit still for a police state" - Robert Higgs on Americans
On Crackpot Realism by Robert Higgs Some insight on why war always seems to be the first option.
This: "I don't like to fight my fellow libertarians. I don't like to engage in doctrinal in-fighting." - Robert Higgs
"[T]he world of politics -- where politics matters -- is all played between the 45 yard lines." - Robert Higgs
"Do we want to live in a world where the truth is scandalous? Well, that's the world we live in actually." - Robert Higgs
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"It's bad form to speak the truth when you're involved in politics and government activities." - Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs' Crisis and Leviathan comes to mind.
Economist “It’s a matter of time before [is eliminated. Powerful forces are not hooked up.”
Anemic Recovery, Regulation and Taxation: Robert Higgs discusses our most recent economic recovery and some th... https:/…
After this terrible event in Paris and the fear and anger it will ignite, Robert Higgs' Crisis & Leviathan looms large in my mind.
Citação Liberal do Dia: Robert Higgs:I sometimes hear people say that governments are good at only one thing. ...
Government success: Robert Higgs:Because the federal government does not actually fail; indeed, it succeeds on...
Reminds me: John Higgs' book on the KLF was one of the best I read last year. Lots of Robert Anton Wilson, et al.
Renowned and historian Robert Higgs writes of the need to deconstruct statism and re-establish...
“Without popular fear, no government could endure more than twenty-four hours.” - Robert Higgs
Wonderfull News!!! Dr. Robert Higgs strikes again!! Now, at Mercatus Center, at George Mason University.
On page 17 of 368 of Taking a Stand, by Robert Higgs
Famous economic historian Robert Higgs said that black post-emancipation literacy is "an accomplishment seldom witnessed in human history."
It is wrong for me, wrong for you, and wrong for the president of the USA and his flunkies. ? Robert Higgs
Participatory fascism, as Robert Higgs put it.
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Marked as to-read: Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs
TODAY: Dr. Robert Higgs, economic historian, to speak in 140 Powell Hall @ 12:15 & 7pm as part of the Spring Frederic Bastiat Guest Lecture.
"When American presidents prepare for foreign wars, they lie." - Robert Higgs "Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac." - George Orwell "All warfare is based on deception." - Sun Tzu "It is a known fact that Western European peoples and business interests, and even the governments themselves oppose Washington's sanctions on Russia," underlining that many Europeans know full well that Russia is not responsible for the trouble in Ukraine. "They know that the cause is Washington's use of the CIA and the NGOs established by the National Endowment for Democracy and other US "democracy groups" to orchestrate protests and use the protests to overthrow the elected government of Ukraine." "Washington forced its European vassal states to impose sanctions on Russia," the former assistant Secretary of the Treasury P.C. Roberts said, adding that one of the US aims was to portray Russia, not Washington, as the government that ...
"It is no secret that I hate the state, but today I am especially disgusted by the paternalism the modern state gratuitously dishes out in a thousand and one forms. It is true, of course, that the general run of mankind (in which I count myself) often acts in imprudent or even self-destructive ways. But the idea that people such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Elizabeth Warren -- persons who, thanks be to God, I have never had the misfortune to encounter in person -- know better than I how I should conduct my life, and are entitled to force their superior knowledge on me by threats of violence, is so egregiously incompatible with anything intelligent or humane that one can only shake one's head that these overbearing nincompoops should go to such arrogant lengths to do so. It only adds insult to injury that their schemes for coercively improving my life are transparently idiotic." Robert Higgs
Great day at West Bay crabbing with the Bates and Higgs with Robert Higgs
Rule 1- when it says 'no unauthorized people past this point' read and take heed Rule 2-it's not funny to try and sneak up on a mate to tip crabbs on his back!! Resulting in one badly bruised coccyx ouch! 😞 with Adina Corlett, Robert Higgs, Amber Higgs, Jessica-mai Lang, Will Bate
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Ok guys apart from the delicious Fish and Chips who would like Robert Higgs to start serving Pie, Mash and Liquor?
Robert Higgs: Why is the war on drugs so popular if they are victimless crimes? (1:55m).
The Power of the State vs. the Power of Love – Robert Higgs – Mises Daily
"Death and Taxes" by Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs from 1997. Your money AND your life. (pdf)
Thanks! Your point reminds me of poor Robert Higgs who is 100% right about standard of living mismeasurement during WWII
What if there was no withholding tax? Wartime Origins of Modern Income-Tax Withholding by Robert Higgs via
If you think govt is a "necessary evil" please watch "The State Is Too Dangerous to Tolerate."~ Robert Higgs
New post (NPC Muscle Blast: Interview with Overall Bikini Winner Karin Higgs) has been published on Get Fit Bookmark Robert Dawes
.Kuhn & Larry Wright changed my mind about Popper, Robert Higgs changed my understanding of the U.S. warfare state.
More writing on war, mercantilism and protectionism, Carl Schmitt's friend/enemy distinction, Jean-Baptiste Say's "Law of Markets," the economics of imperialism, Steven Pinker's demonstration and explanation of the decline of violence, the growth of markets and the rise of humanitarianism, Samuel Huntington's thesis of the "clash of civilizations," the history of classical liberal anti-war movements, positive-, zero-, and negative-sum games, war as Keynesian "stimulus," Robert Higgs's debunking of the standard account of the 1940s, Heraclitus's views on war, Joseph de Maistre's "there is nothing but violence in the universe," Joseph Schumpeter's sociology of imperialisms, Ernst Jünger's praise of pain and suffering, Thomas Paine views of war and taxation. I am making myself another espresso. And then probably another. Another long night.
Robert Higgs was on C-Span2, a 3 hour show that I saw on Youtube the other day, said, "we don't need social programs, by the government to help the poor." Before he said that, I was considering his talk on economics to be right on. He also said that the government shouldn't have bailed out the failed banks, which I totally agreed with. He said that if a bank is not going to make it, it should fail. That way only the banks that did a good job would succeed. Then he said no bank is to big to fail. If it's not run properly, and it fails, let it fail, in effect. That way you would get people who knew what they were doing, and not those who gamble with your money. Few people that I know would give someone their money to go into a casino to gamble. If you want to gamble use your own money, not mine. But that is what the banks were doing, gambling with other peoples money and they lost, then the Tax payers had to bail them out. Then they even got bonuses, for losing. lol That doesn't happen in many ot ...
At baseball games you see interludes of worship for the armed forces, I find it disgusting...I like baseball I don't want my baseball to be spoiled by intrusions of nationalistic fervor and worship of the military. Baseball is a glorious peaceful activity,we don't need to kill people to find excitement in life ~ Robert Higgs
"The government assures the people that they are in danger from the invasion of another nation, or from foes in their midst, and that the only way to escape this danger is by the slavish obedience of the people to their government. This fact is seen most prominently during revolutions and dictatorships, but it exists always and everywhere that the power of the government exists. Every government explains its existence, and justifies its deeds of violence, by the argument that if it did not exist the condition of things would be very much worse. After assuring the people of its danger the government subordinates it to control, and when in this condition compels it to attack some other nation. And thus the assurance of the government is corroborated in the eyes of the people, as to the danger of attack from other nations." -- Leo Tolstoy, "Christianity and Patriotism," 1895 (lifted from Robert Higgs' page)
Sometimes something strikes me as too good not to share. Here goes. "Get a grip, my fellow Americans. Edward Snowden is not the story. The NSA's outrageous spying setup is the story, along with the lying president, his lying flunkies, and the lying members of Congress who approved this monstrosity's operation and provided for its funding at the expense of its victims. Don't treat this story as nothing but the political scandal du jour; it's much, much more than that. Indeed, it's the very heart and soul of a totalitarian apparatus that threatens everyone's life, liberty, and property at this very moment, not to mention the future of any freedom whatsoever in this country. If Americans give their approval to or even acquiesce quietly in the continuation of this despicable program, they will signal that they have lost their souls completely as free people." ~ Robert Higgs
So, statists of all stripes (including classical liberals), by all means continue to reject genuine self-government and carry on with support of your blessed state. But know well that you are flirting with the most horrifyingly destructive institution ever devised, one that will almost certainly annihilate everyone in the end. Statist ideologies justify and support the state as a military/bureaucratic apparatus whose leaders are not held to the moral standards to which all other persons are commonly held. By making this wholly unwarranted moral distinction, the adherents of such ideologies place state leaders in a position to prepare for and to carry out actions that, if committed by anyone else, would be recognized immediately as the most egregious crimes against humanity. Statism, which leads people to tolerate the development, deployment, and use of WMDs, poses a grave threat to the survival of the human species.~ Robert Higgs.
Robert Higgs of the Independent Institute wrote a very good article titled "Classical Liberalism’s Impossible Dream". Here, he shows that although the classical liberal night watchman state (minarc...
"Truth be told, government as we know it never did & never will confine itself to protecting citizens from force & fraud. In fact, such government is itself the worst violator of people’s just rights to life, liberty, & property. For every murder or assault the government prevents, it commits 100. For every private property right it protects, it violates 1000. Although it purports to suppress & punish fraud, the government itself is a fraud writ large—an enormous engine of plunder, abuse, & mayhem, all sanctified by its own “laws” that redefine its crimes as mere government activities—a racket protected from true justice by its own judges & its legions of hired killers & thugs." ~Robert Higgs~
The Ludwig von Mises Institute has a great collection of free audio books. It includes classic titles like "Man, Economy, and State", "No Treason" and "Conceived in Liberty". I especially recommend the 10 part lecture "Crisis and Liberty" by Robert Higgs. This media link is the most efficient way I've found for downloading the MP3s for offline use. A small Perl script can quickly capture a single book:
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I've never seen an actor better suited to playing a specific character than Robert Downey Jr. As Tony Stark.
"Economic ‘recovery’ talk dwindles as job creation lags again" Robert Higgs quoted in
Has May Day become too commercial? Sr. Fellow Robert Higgs with some Happy May Day wishes, comrades.
Highly recommended: KLF Chaos Magic Music Money by JMR Higgs, particularly if you like Robert Anton Wilson, PKD, etc.
State, War, and Economy: A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 304 with Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs wrote: "In a post I wrote earlier today, I cast a jaundiced eye on so-called "public servants." In light of a comment on my post by a public-health doctor, I want to elaborate a bit. First, when a doctor receives his salary from a government, I do not generally think of him as a public servant, but rather as a doctor; nor do I generally consider the general run of school teachers, janitors, street maintenance people, and many others as public servants. In contrast, I generally think of paper-pushing bureaucrats, regulators, police, and politicians elected or appointed to public office under this rubric. These people's hallmark is pushing their weight around, often in unwanted and destructive ways. I was once employed by the state of Washington. For fifteen years I drew a salary for my work on the faculty of the University of Washington. Today, my son Matt, a neuroscientist, and my daughter-in-law, a pediatric nephrologist, work for the government in research and clinical positions. So I am no ...
I meant Robert Higgs, in 1987 AD, not the Higgs boson in 19870 BC.
The wholesale turnover in the Plain Dealer Columbus Bureau that saw the departure of Bureau Chief Aaron Marshall and two other staffers will take on some new blood on Monday. Marshall, who is off to Ohio State University to work for President Gordon Gee, will be replaced Robert Higgs, who has be...
Nixon and Buchanan: Power versus Principle By Carl Close | Thursday January 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM PST 28 6 James M. Buchanan toiled in the academic trenches for more than half a century, plowing vital new ground that advanced our understanding of the untamed beast that is government (and, by extension, the rascals who grasp at its reins). His passing yesterday should be a solemn occasion for all who value a free and prosperous society. But ultimately it may help Buchanan’s cause that he passed away on the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the wilier rascals of modern American politics, Richard Nixon. If nothing else, this coincidence provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the vastly different legacies these men left, and to publicize the lessons learned from that comparison every January 9th. For obvious reasons, a full accounting is beyond the scope of a mere blog post. But you can get a glimpse of the Buchanan side of the ledger from reading the recent Beacon posts by Robert Higgs, Randal ...
There's a panel on school choice next Tuesday in Buckhead and The Young Statesman (12) will be The Homeschooled Kid trying to get some points across. The most interesting thing to him is how the educational paradigm is changing. It used to be that education was centrally planned but he's noticing a change towards more of a free market in education The Young Statesman (12): It's like education had a new baby called the internet. You don't even /need/ a school. I've got all of these lecturers and books and skype and email. I can compose music, take notes, look up words while I'm reading a book. I can learn what I want when I want how I want. I'm the one who decides. I can email Robert Higgs or Skype with my piano instructor. If I have cell service, I can educate myself.
To all my 1990's workhouse friends...Robert Higgs corkscrew just featured on Stephen Fry: Gadget Man. It's in the background whilst Darren Brown, Carol Vorderman and Jo Brown have a dinner party. Who would have thunk it all them years ago eh?
Original talk given on August 2, 2012. Robert Higgs, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of "Delusions of Power," speaks at the 2012 Challenge of Liberty College Summer Seminar. Click here for Part 2:
Robert Higgs lays down the facts that others dance around or avoid all together when discussing how the US government forced the government of Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor.
Robert Higgs speech on how FDR engaged in economic warfare to provoke Japan into attack us and getting us involved in WW2
Robert Higgs: "About three weeks ago, I gave a short speech at Callaway Gardens, Georgia, about how the U.S. government used economic warfare against Japan to provoke a Japanese attack and get the USA into World War II. This speech is now available online as a podcast at the Lew Rockwell Show."
Official music video for Astra Via's "Fame" from their EP "Folie à Deux." Directed by Robert Higgs
“The proverb warns that, 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.” ― Thomas Stephen Szasz Read more about Thomas S. Szasz. His friend Robert Higgs, a Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute wrote this touching tribute.
"Noam Chomsky has written that "in this world [i.e., the one in which we now live] there happen to be huge concentrations of private power that are as close to tyranny and as close to totalitarian as anything humans have devised." It is difficult for me to understand how anyone with views this manifestly stupid can have such a large following. He is saying, for example, that currently existing "private power," whatever he might mean by that expression, is as close to tyranny and totalitarianism as the USSR under Stalin, as Germany under Hitler, as Cambodia under Pol Pot, as China under Mao. This view goes far, far beyond being merely warped. It's almost insanely out of touch with reality.It is a dangerous thing for a "public intellectual" to know no real economics at all."--Robert Higgs
'War Is Horrible, but . . .' by my friend and great libertarian scholar Robert Higgs
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1. “War is horrible. But no one wants to see a world in which a regime with no regard whatsoever for international law – for the welfare of its own people – or for the will of the United Nations – has weapons of mass destruction.” (U.S. deputy secretary of state Ri...
Kicking The Can down the Road is The Perennial Habit of Every Government. "Not on my Watch," they say.
"State functionaries are always waging a hard-fought battle between acting like fools and acting like charlatans." Robert Higgs
'War Is Horrible, but...' a rebuttal of everything you can add to that statement, by Senior Fellow Robert Higgs.
War is horrible, but ...: The inimitable Robert Higgs has written an excellent article on the theme of "war is h...
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Robert Higgs [send him mail] is Senior Fellow in political economy at the Independent Institute and editor of The Independent Review. He is also a columnist for LewRockwell.com. His most recent book is Neither Liberty Nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and t...
Scripture verse of the day: Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. -- James 1:16-20 HT: Robert Higgs
4 of 5 stars to Crisis and Leviathan by Robert Higgs
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Those who are quick to support unnecessary wars typically pay lip service to war's horrors, but then support fighting anyway. Their excuses often follow predictable patterns based on historical errors, ill-founded speculations, and appeals to patriotic emotion and knee-jerk loyalty, rather than on f...
There was a time when Democrats and Republicans alike could talk sense about tax rates, in terms of what is best for the economy, without demagoguery about "tax cuts for the rich."
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"We can have a free society or a welfare state. We cannot have both." Robert Higgs
On page 196 of 384 of Crisis and Leviathan, by Robert Higgs
Via Robert Higgs "The Quakers sent me books, from which I learnt how they had, years ago, established beyond...
Because I despise politics in general, and the two major parties in this country in particular, I go through life constantly bemused by all the weight that
Warfare, Welfare, and the State | Robert Higgs: vía A must see. Corelation with Sisek and Orwell.
A refreshing moment of macroeconomic error.
"It will always be easier to rally politically inclined people behind unrealistic, revolutionary causes than to rally them around subtle economic progress, because no crowd marches behind a banner proclaiming, “Toward a Marginally Improved Society!” - Robert Higgs
With great sadness, I note the passing on September 8 of the man I have long described as the greatest living libertarian. Thomas Szasz was, among other things,
Good words by Robert Higgs: "Bernanke isn't fighting for jobs, he's fighting for a job -- his own. If he really believes that propping up the prices of mortgage-related securities is a means of stimulating aggregate employment, someone needs to give him some remedial education in economics: the labor market clears in the labor market, not in the bond market. In reality, the Fed's holding interest rates so far below market levels for years on end is surely fostering a new batch of malinvestments whose inevitable failure in the longer term will ultimately herald the economy's next big aggregate bust. Meanwhile, widows and orphans be damned; if a zero interest rate is good enough for Ben, it's good enough for them, too."
"It would take little more than $50 billion to raise every poor person above the official poverty line, yet the percentage of the population classified as poor hardly budges, while annual welfare spending amounts to four times that much. Where's the money going?" -- Robert Higgs (1944- ) American economic historian, economist of the Austrian School
What is the Ratchet effect? Austrian school economist Robert Higgs used the term to describe the seemingly...
Memo to Elizabeth Warren: "Almost everything appertaining to the circumstances of a nation, has been absorbed and confounded under the general and mysterious word government. Though it avoids taking to its account the errors it commits, and the mischiefs it occasions, it fails not to arrogate to itself whatever has the appearance of prosperity. It robs industry of its honours, by pedantically making itself the cause of its effects; and purloins from the general character of man, the merits that appertain to him as a social being." -- Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (1792) HT Robert Higgs via Donald J. Boudreaux
On August 16,Robert Higgs was the guest on the Lew Rockwell Show. A 20-minute podcast of the conversation is now...
Quantitative easing Can be very pleasing It gives the stock market a boost --- But in the long run Its effects are no fun And the markets again must be goosed --- It would make much more sense To dispense with this pretense Of knowing what interest rates should be --- The interest rate is a price To control it is a vice For our own good, it must be left free -- Robert Higgs
and by Robert Higgs: "Xerxes couldn't do it. Alexander the Great couldn't do it. Caesar Augustus couldn't do it. Genghis Khan couldn't do it. Napoleon Bonaparte couldn't do it. Not even Stalin or Mao Zedong could do it. But I could do it, and this afternoon I did. I refer, of course, to shopping at Walmart. What a store! If these guys had had access to Walmart, they probably would not have caused the world so much trouble with their silly conquests, because they could have got everything they wanted -- and always at low prices, too! (And they would have seen such interesting people while shopping.)"
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Robert Higgs comments: "Daron Acemoglu has written a nice little piece for the current Cato Policy Report on the causes of economic development (and the lack thereof). Given that Acemoglu is a super-duper economist -- which is to say, he publishes more articles in top economics journals in any given year than all but a handful of economists manage to publish in a lifetime -- it is almost shocking that he has, whether wittingly or not, come to the same basic conclusions on this matter that Adam Smith reached in 1776. It's nice to see that from time to time even a high-flying MIT economist can take time out from his pyrotechnics to make some sense."
Robert Higgs on Warfare, Welfare, and the State. You have to hear this presentation:
Archived from the live Mises.tv broadcast, this lecture by Robert Higgs was presented at the 2012 Mises University in Auburn, Alabama. Includes an introducti...
"[H]umankind has demonstrated two natural propensities — to truck, barter, and exchange (as Adam Smith taught); and to rape, pillage, and plunder (as Thomas Hobbes taught us) — and which propensity is pursued is a function of the institutional framework within which individuals find themselves living and interacting." -- Peter Boettke, Living Economics (2012), p. 385. "And also, perhaps, dependent on the moral scruples that individuals do or do not have." - Robert Higgs
Have you ever noticed how shocked farmers appear to be when extreme weather -- drought, blizzard, you name it -- has an adverse effect on their net income in a particular year? It's as if they had no idea how farming works. And because their misfortune reflects an act of God, they think it only reasonable that their political lackeys redirect trainloads of the public's money to them. There's plunder and then there's blatant plunder. Farm subsidies are the latter. Robert Higgs
"(T)he old (and still widely accepted) view of how '(World War II) got the economy out of the depression' must be abandoned." - Robert Higgs (Senior Fellow in political economy at The Independent Institute), "Depression, War, and Cold War"
For those of you who want to know more about the threat of bigger government, this book may be of interest. "Neither Liberty nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government" by Robert Higgs Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation.
James Madison warned about government creating what Robert Higgs calls "regime uncertainty"
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