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February 1996

Ted Galen Carpenter on a Foreign Policy for a Republic

Ted Galen Carpenter is a senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. In this 1996 lecture at a Future of Freedom Foundation event he explains how a country’s foreign policy often has a great effect on that country’s domestic policies. He also refers to Robert Higgs’ classic book on limiting the size and scope of the federal government, Crisis and Leviathan (1989), and the ‘ratchet effect’- the tendency of government to grab power during emergencies and return only small portions of that power after each crisis abates.