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

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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Nativists Don’t Know the Future



Immigrants continue to blend into American culture, generally speaking, in the same way that previous arrivals blended in.

Optimality—The Mainstream Economist’s Holy Grail



In discussing the economy and especially economic policy, mainstream economists have been in love with optimality for a century or so.

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