Tag: Robert Higgs

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?

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.

Against the Maternal State »

In the late nineteenth century, many Americans took pride in living in a country that boasted so much freedom. In describing their society and polity, they often contrasted them with what they called paternalism, which they believed was the rule in certain European countries, such as Germany, where a proto-welfare state began to be...
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Our Land, Our Infrastructure, Our Country—a Lot of Loose Talk »

Many Americans talk about “our country,” “our public lands,” and “our infrastructure.” Such terminology is inaccurate and misleading. Genuine de facto ownership entails control of the property and the benefits it generates. No one owns the country, though the thousands of governmental entities make and enforce claims to various parts and aspects of it....
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Consent of the Governed, Revisited »

What gives some people the right to rule others? At least since John Locke’s time, the most common and seemingly compelling answer has been “the consent of the governed.” When the North American revolutionaries set out to justify their secession from the British Empire, they declared, among other things: “Governments are instituted among Men,...
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Public Choice Analysis a Scheme for Imposing Racist Oligarchy on the USA? Preposterous! »

Public choice analysis shows, among many other things, that organized political interests will tend to dominate the political process at the expense of the unorganized members of society. This is not a claim that “the rich” will necessarily dominate “the poor” in the political process, although the rich obviously have an advantage in influencing...
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Young Americans and Hope for the Future »

Bob Higgs, in a recent post on all the foolishness in American higher education, reminds us of what a danger we face as our colleges attempt to mold students into young Jacobins. In light of the state of American education, we need some bright spot on what is a dismal landscape. One bright spot...
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