Tag: warfare state

Think You’re Smart? Try This Quiz from The Independent Review! »

The fall 2012 issue of The Independent Review, our quarterly journal edited by Robert Higgs, is hot off the press! As always, The Independent Review deals with a wide variety of fascinating questions about economic policy, political and social theory, and intellectual history. To test your wits, try answering the questions addressed in the...
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Remembering Gore Vidal »

In the aftermath of 9/11, we found ourselves almost bereft of friends and allies, as so many we had thought were fellow-travelers—sharing our dedication to core principles of the sanctity of every individual’s right to life and liberty; the danger of the welfare/warfare state; and the primacy of securing and protecting economic and civil...
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Secular Theocracy: The Foundations and Folly of Modern Tyranny, Part 1 »

We live in an increasingly secularized world of massive and pervasive nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is ruled unwelcome and even a real danger on the basis of a purported history of intolerance and “religious violence.” This is found in most all “public” domains, including the institutions of education, business, government,...
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Robert Higgs on War, Taxation and Government Power »

Senior Fellow Robert Higgs has just superbly reviewed for the Journal of Policy History the very important book, War, Revenue, and State Building: Financing the Development of the American State, by Sheldon D. Pollack (Cornell University Press). In addition, this weekend Dr. Higgs has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree in the social sciences...
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Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Rap Video Round Two »

“Fight of the Century: Keynes vs. Hayek Round Two” is the superb and very timely sequel to the phenomenally successful and insightful, rap video pitting the views of macroeconomist John Maynard Keynes against those of Austrian School economist Friedrich A. Hayek, “Fear the Boom and Bust.” The original has attracted to date more than...
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Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex »

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 on the Consequences of Leviathan-sized Government »

Senior Fellow Robert Higgs is interviewed here by Scott Horton on Antiwar.com Radio, warning those who long for total governmental and economic collapse to be careful what they wish for. Higgs also explains why federal spending cannot continue at the current record levels without a failure of the bond market. He further compares the...
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If Obama’s Speech Writers Wanted to Quote Eisenhower.... »

Obama’s speech writers were apparently unable to find a more meaningful quotation form Eisenhower than the unremarkable: “Each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs.” Of course, had they Googled for a few seconds they would have found Ike’s warning...
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When Will the Wars End? »

A majority of Americans, including an overwhelming majority of Democrats, oppose the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the warmongering persists. The Afghanistan war has been expanded and Obama has greatly expanded upon Bush’s drone attacks in Pakistan. I predicted this would happen with an Obama presidency. Because the Democratic voters tend to...
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Reject the Proposed Statement of Historians Against the War »

It would be a disastrous strategic mistake for Historians Against the War (HAW) to adopt the proposed new statement. The statement’s assertions on domestic policies will only weaken the anti-war movement by driving away anti-imperialist libertarians and conservatives who have been among the most committed opponents of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Whereas...
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