Robert Higgs | Monday March 21, 2011 at 8:45 AM PST | 7 Comments
A review of James Ledbetter, Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011. 268 pp. $26.00. On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his final presidential speech, which turned out to be his most memorable by virtue of this warning: “In the councils...
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Robert Higgs | Tuesday March 8, 2011 at 12:42 PM PST | 9 Comments
On April 16, 1953, shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin, the U.S. government made a peace initiative outlined in a speech now recognized as one of the two most significant and memorable speeches of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency. Historians continue to debate whether this initiative was a sincere effort to end the Cold...
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Robert Higgs | Monday November 16, 2009 at 10:27 AM PST | 15 Comments
“That government is best which governs not at all,” Said Henry David Thoreau, But what did he know? _______________________________________________ “Liberty: not the daughter but the mother of order,” Declared Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, And then he passed on. _______________________________________________ “When the government is too intrusive, people lose their spirit,” Noted Lao-tzu, As I would, too. _______________________________________________...
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