This audio essay is occasioned by the startlingly uncritical attitude American conservatives have shown toward the consolidation of state power that has been unleashed since the atrocities of September 11.
To the individualist Lao Tzu, government, with its "laws and regulations more numerous than the hairs of an ox," was a vicious oppressor of the individual, and "more to be feared than fierce tigers." This audio Mises Daily is narrated by Jeff Riggenbach.
Presented at the Michigan Libertarian Party Convention, held in Southfield, Michigan, in May 1989. This selection also includes a question and answer period. Special thanks to Bob Roddis for making this video available.
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