The Independent Institute

 
        

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

Rulers the People Deserve?



Like proverbial fish, Fearmongers and warmongers Stink, many people think From the head down ***** But in truth the guts stink first And the viscera’s putrefaction Encourages the heads To rot opportunistically

Grateful Remembrances of My Government High Schooling



I do not speak Spanish fluently. Indeed, I am often at a loss for the right words, not to mention a proper conjugation of the verbs, and I frequently fail to understand what people say to me. Yet all in all, I am astonished that, living in a part of Mexico where few people...
Read More »

The USA’s Trifurcated Legal System



The FBI’s recommendation against the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her wanton, illegal mishandling of classified information in her emails puts on display once again the reality of the so-called rule of law in the USA. This reality is, above all, that the system is trifurcated: there is effectively one set of rules for...
Read More »

State’s Two-Way Mirror



Constant surveillance State’s prying eyes seek your wrongs Yours alone, not state’s ****** Got nothing to hide? Not to worry, citizen State makes no mistakes ****** But if it should err You will pay the error’s price State will not confess

I, Peach: A Lesson in Comparative Advantage



As part of my lunch today, I enjoyed a big, ripe, sweet, firm peach. “So what?” you may be asking. Well, my doing so is more remarkable than one might think. You see, I live at the extreme end of the road, near a remote, isolated village in the farthest southeast corner of the...
Read More »

Four Questions for the Rulers



1. In what way(s) have I violated your natural rights? 2. If I have not violated your natural rights (as I believe to be the case), thereby prompting you to retaliate against me in defense of them, why are you violating my natural rights in such a great variety of ways? 3. If you...
Read More »

Peter Boettke’s Splendid Essays on Learning and Teaching Economics



I have just finished reading Living Economics: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, a wonderful collection of essays by Peter Boettke. (It was published in 2012, but I move slowly these days.) The essays were written over a span of some twenty years or so, most of them in the first decade of the present century...
Read More »

The Rape of Nanking and the U.S. Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki



Question: In what way do the atrocities committed by soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army in China in 1937-38, especially those included under the rubric of “the Rape of Nanking,” justify the U.S. government’s atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945? Answer: In no way whatsoever. Question: Why then do so many of...
Read More »

Historical Understanding versus Moral Appraisal



To understand history, we must, as it were, enter into the minds of people in the past—a task that we can never accomplish except in a very incomplete way. We must try to understand how they viewed the choices they made, what various actions and categories of action meant to them. By looking at...
Read More »

All Monocausal Theories of Economic Growth Are Wrong



For as long as economic growth has been a noticeable phenomenon—at least since Adam Smith’s day—economists, historians, and others have advanced theories to explain its occurrence. Many of these theories have identified a single factor that is regarded as “the answer” to the question at issue. Thus, the exploitation of wage labor, the enslavement...
Read More »

  • MyGovCost.org
  • FDAReview.org
  • OnPower.org
  • elindependent.org