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

FinCEN Form 114—I’m Not the Criminal Here



FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, is a mandatory report to the U.S. Treasury Department and is inherently intrusive.

U.S. War Making: What’s in It for You?



You pay for all of this endless death and destruction but you get less than nothing out of it.

Think Twice about Bringing Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs



People purport to want to bring back jobs in factories.

Statism’s First Casualty Is the Truthful Use of Language



Behind virtually every government proposal, program, or project, we find a misuse of language.

Economic Equality—Socialism’s Unattainable, Undesirable Pie in the Sky



Socialism’s greatest appeal springs from its promise of economic equality.

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.

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