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

Against the Whole Concept and Construction of the Balance of International Payments



The best thing that could ever happen in regard to the public’s understanding of international trade and financial flows would be for the balance of international payments to simply disappear.

On Socialism’s Rhetorical Appeal



That so many young people in the West now regard socialism as the most desirable form of political economy is a tragedy in the making.

The Two Types of Socio-economic Problems



Socio-economic problems take two forms: one form is fake; the other is real.

Give Freedom a Chance



Freedom is an ongoing process.

A Catch-22 in Organizing for the Pursuit of Liberty



There’s a Catch-22 in regard to efforts aimed at diminishing state domination and enlarging genuine liberty.

A Straightforward View of Morality and the Government



If an action is immoral for me and you, it is also immoral for others, including those who constitute the government.

Questions and Answers in Regard to Assault Weapons



What are assault weapons?

Roving Bandit, Stationary Bandit, and Income Tax



Many libertarians have embraced the slogan “taxation is theft.”

The Full Cost of the Anti-Immigrant State



Okay, let’s suppose you hate Mexicans, Haitians, Hondurans, and all the other foreigners trying to get out of their wretched places and into the USA—obviously lots of people do hate them. So naturally you want the authorities to take whatever measures they deem necessary to keep these people out—walls, border thugs, internal checkpoints, whatever…
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Unsung Heroes of the Market



I live in a very remote place, even by Mexican standards. The nearest fair-sized city, Chetumal, is about 125 miles away, and one needs about two and a half hours or more to get there by car. Nearby shopping is extremely limited. A few grocery items may be purchased in the village of Xcalak….
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