Posts by Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs is Retired Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, author or editor of over fourteen Independent books, and Founding Editor of Independent’s quarterly journal The Independent Review.
Congenial Communications—Another Miracle of the Market


Through the ages, many observers have noted how markets promote peaceful and mutually enriching dealings among people of varying languages, customs, religions, and backgrounds.

Trump’s Trade Policy—A Reductio ad Absurdum


Apart from practical difficulties and impossibilities, a Trumpian trade triumph, even if it could be achieved, would be a horrible objective to attain.

You Can Fight City Hall, but You’ll Almost Certainly Lose


Participatory fascism provides citizens the illusion of a voice while ensuring state control.

You Don’t Make the Tax Laws, but You Do Pay the Taxes


The Internal Revenue Code is a massively complex part of the laws of the United States of America.

Community, True and False


False communities are more accurately described as political factions.

Does Ideological Dystopia Await Us?


Imagine a world in which the great majority has no respect for facts or for truth of any sort, where ideological convictions rule almost everyone’s understanding of the world, where truth has become an endangered rhetorical species on the brink of extinction.

My Personal Trade Deficit Is Killing Me—or So Trump Would Have You Believe


President Trump’s trade policies don’t match up with basic economic principles.

Tariffs Cause Americans to Accept Inferior Deals


Tariffs make superior offers less desirable for buyers by making them more costly.

Tariffs Remove Options and Necessarily Reduce Economic Well-Being


You simply can’t make people better off by removing options from them.

All Hail the Entrepreneurs (and the Carnitas They Bring Us)


It’s not the government that stands between the people and starvation. It’s the entrepreneurs.

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