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Robert Higgs

Works Published inQuarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsThe Free MarketReview of Austrian Economics, Volumes 1-10Speeches and PresentationsMises Daily ArticleThe Journal of Libertarian StudiesLibertarian Papers

AwardsGary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Defense of LibertyMurray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom

Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and editor of The Independent Review. He is the 2007 recipient of the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty, and the 2015 Murray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom.

Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society, by Robert Higgs

Big GovernmentThe Police State

12/01/2004Mises Review
Reading Robert Higgs’s magnificent collection of essays leaves one puzzled. Higgs is the foremost American economic historian who writes from a free-market perspective...

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The Transformation of the American Economy, 1865-1914

U.S. EconomyU.S. History

08/19/2011Books
The Gilded Age — lasting from 1865 to World War I — was an era of economic growth never before seen in the history of the world. Robert Higgs explains why...

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Robert Higgs: The State is too Dangerous to Tolerate

Big GovernmentWar and Foreign Policy

07/22/2016Audio/Video
Robert Higgs demolishes many of the popular misconceptions about — and justifications for — the state.

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Delusions of Power

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

01/11/2016Books
Taking a close look at the dense fabric that our government weaves between war, state power, and economics, this collection of essays reveals the growing authority—and corruption—of the American state...
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Crisis and Leviathan

Big GovernmentWorld HistoryCapital and Interest TheoryPhilosophy and Methodology

01/11/2016Books
This seminal treatise in the history of ideas demonstrates what has come to be known as the Higgs thesis: that government grows in periods of crisis, for example, war and depression. He demonstrates this with a detailed look at twentieth century economic history.
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Against Leviathan

Big GovernmentMedia and CulturePhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

01/11/2016Books
What is fundamentally wrong with government today? In Against Leviathan , economist and historian, Robert Higgs, offers an unflinching critical analysis of government power in all its aspects: welfare, warfare, regulation, spying, and its imposition on personal liberties.
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Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11

Big GovernmentMedia and CultureU.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

01/11/2016Books
In this book, Robert Higgs shows how the 9-11 attacks have led the government to exploit people's fears to build an empire at home and abroad, at the expense of freedom itself...
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