Higgs discusses the “ratchet effect” - the concept that having grabbed authority in a crisis, government institution’s rarely relinquish those powers.
Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and an economic historian whose writings focus on the causes and means of government growth. He is the author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (1987, 2012).
In this lecture from 1987, Robert Higgs speaks about governments’ tendency to bend or suspend individual rights during emergency situations.
War is often costly both to the nation and to individual liberties. Most libertarians are skeptical of war or see it as a necessary evil.
In this entry, Robert Higgs outlines public opinion of war throughout American history and the stances the government took to anti-war sentiment.
Carpenter explores the connection between a country’s foreign policy and domestic policy.
Robert Higgs joins us this week to share his reflections on individual liberty, economics, war and peace, and the role of the state in human affairs.
Justin Logan joins us for a conversation about American foreign policy. What’s the libertarian solution for military overspending and overreach?
Christopher Preble examines ways in which an aggressive foreign policy aids the growth of government.
Attacks on free speech reveal progressivism as a uniquely American iteration of fascism that shares many of its historical and ideological roots.
We can best understand modern America by looking at the ways fascism and socialism are kin.
Tolstoy’s radical Christianity led him to a pacifistic, anarchistic political philosophy that rejected the state as incompatible with Christ’s teachings.
D’Amato discusses the rule of the Fascist Party in Italy and draws parallels to American politics.
What the state should look like varies even among libertarians.
The New Deal was a series of government programs aimed at those hurt by the Great Depression, which majorly expanded the size and expense of government.
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society.
Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon detail the ways in which Americans were better off at the end of the 20th century than at the end of the 19th century.