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Robert Higgs

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Dr. Robert Higgs is retired and lives in Mexico. He was a senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and longtime editor of The Independent Review; he was also a senior fellow of the Mises Institute. 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

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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The Drive for Regulatory Harmonization

Free MarketsInterventionism

06/24/2021Mises Daily Articles
With the affected business interests demanding regulatory harmonization and the world's legislators and regulators willing to supply it, who will oppose it? The answer, all too often, is no one.
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Consent of the Governed?

Legal SystemPolitical Theory

06/17/2021Mises Daily Articles
It appears upon sober reflection that the whole idea is as fanciful as the unicorn. No one in his right mind, save perhaps an incurable masochist, would voluntarily consent to be treated as governments actually treat their subjects.
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12 Myths Fueling Government Overreach in Times of Crisis

U.S. History


We must act now! It's better to do something than nothing! This has never happened before! The experts will show us the way! From the great depression to the crises of today, we hear these claims over and over again. 

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The Political Economy of Fear

Big GovernmentOther Schools of ThoughtPolitical Theory

04/16/2021Mises Daily Articles
By keeping the population in a state of artificially heightened apprehension, the government-cum-media prepares the ground for planting specific measures of taxation, regulation, surveillance, reporting, and other invasions of the people's wealth, privacy, and freedoms.
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The Song That Is Irresistible: How the State Leads People to Their Own Destruction

The Police StateWar and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

03/15/2021Mises Daily Articles
Although the system is inherently exploitative, it allows some leeway in the determination of which specific individuals will be the shafters and which the shaftees.
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