Tag: Crisis and Leviathan
Robert Higgs On Freedom Watch: The Stimulus Bill 1 Year On
Regime Uncertainty—Now Maybe People Will Take the Idea Seriously
Writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, Gary S. Becker, Steven J. Davis, and Kevin M. Murphy discuss how the government’s multifaceted efforts to “reform” health care, energy and environmental controls, financial regulation, taxation, monetary policy-making, and various other aspects of the politico-economic order have created such great uncertainty that business people are reluctant to...
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Higgs Is Just a Pessimist
“Higgs is just a pessimist”—how often I’ve come across expressions of that sentiment during the past twenty-five years! In certain circles, I have become the butt of jokes – some good-natured, some not – by virtue of my alleged pessimism. Okay, maybe I am somewhat pessimistic. My wife, who is confident that she knows more about...
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Former Tesla Executive Questions “Green” Corporate Welfare
In a December 1 article in Wired, “In Role as Kingmaker, the Energy Department Stifles Innovation,” former Tesla Motors Chief Marketing Officer Darryl Siry critiques the federal government’s campaign of “green” corporate welfare for the American automobile industry (Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program). With the recent Climategate revelations that indicate that the stampede...
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Can the Rampaging Leviathan Be Stopped or Slowed?
In a recent commentary titled “Diagnostics and Therapeutics in Political Economy,” I endeavored to show that an analytical understanding of past growth in the government’s size, scope, and power does not permit us to prescribe effective means of stopping or slowing this growth, particularly any simple “silver bullet” remedy, and I specifically disclaimed any...
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Robert Higgs Spotlighted on C-SPAN’s “In Depth”
Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs was interviewed for three hours on C-SPAN2’s prestigious program, In Depth. The complete video interview can be watched here (in three parts): Dr. Higgs is editor of The Independent Review, and his authored books include the following: Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society Competition and Coercion:...
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Government Is Furiously Dancing the Two-Step
How do once-free people lose their liberty? The formula may be stated succinctly: crisis and leviathan. Alternatively, and somewhat more fully stated, the procedure for the government officials and their supporters who hope to gain by quashing the people’s liberties is (1) cause a serious crisis, thereby heightening the public’s fears, and (2) blame others...
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