Robert Higgs Archive

Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, author or editor of over fourteen Independent books, and Editor at Large of Independent’s quarterly journal The Independent Review.

Full Biography and Recent Publications

Does Your Vote Matter?



Elections are rituals, the deeper system will persist regardless of outcomes.

Government Obstructions on Importation and Immigration Are Parallel Forms of Plunder



Two cases of government obstructions at the border.

American Exceptionalism



When others do it, it’s terrorism; when Americans do it, it’s national defense. When others do it, it’s a war crime; when Americans do it, it’s collateral damage. When others do it, it’s torture; when Americans do it, it’s enhanced interrogation. When others do it, it’s unprovoked attack; when Americans do it, it’s shock...
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For Most Americans, U.S. Defense and Foreign Affairs Take Place in a Parallel Universe



Americans have a unique advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how one looks at it) in experiencing their nation’s defense and foreign affairs, namely, that for the great majority such affairs take place “over there” somewhere, often in a place they can’t locate on a map and about which they know approximately nothing. They don’t...
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What Do Judges Maximize?



The power of ideological convictions in shaping political, social, and economic life.

Gratitude in an Unfree World



Everyone who knows me knows that I loathe government as it now exists everywhere. But yesterday, as I set out to walk Fly Boy down the road through the jungle as usual, I was struck by what a beautiful day it was, and I determined to count my blessings.

On the “Participatory” Part of “Participatory Fascism”



A complicated order is established to maintain the status quo.

Astute Socialists Opt for Participatory Fascism in Practice



A quick thought on the modern socialist’s approach.

Two Worlds—Politics and Everything Else



The blight of politics casts a shadow over daily life.

The Delusion of a Win-Win Trade War



The only way to win a trade war is not to fight one.

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