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Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy Paperback – May 1, 2012
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“An important book for our time on the nature of political power. Robert Higgs describes the government’s use of wars and real and fabricated crises to expand its power. It is history well-told and should be thought-provoking to all, whatever their political preferences.” —Stanley L. Engerman, John H. Munro Professor of Economics and professor of history, University of Rochester
“There is no economist today who has thought more seriously than Robert Higgs about the relationship between the state and the economy. His examinations of the state are grounded in historical scholarship, rigorous analytics, and in a lively and blunt style. In the process, the reader will see many historical myths exploded and sacred cows skewered. Delusions of Power is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the permanent-war economies that have been created in the 20th and 21st centuries.” —Peter J. Boettke, professor of economics, George Mason University
“Even James Madison asked throughout his lifetime ‘In a free society, what is the proper relationship between individuals and the state?’ Few scholars in American history have contributed more to the freedom side of that inquiry than Robert Higgs . . . . In Delusions of Power, Professor Higgs has assembled a lifetime of wisdom and analysis about this continually-asked question; and future generations will look here for the courageous intellectual fire-power with which to challenge the federal beast that consumes our freedoms every day.” —Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, senior judicial analyst, Fox News Channel
“Lively throughout and based on deep historical knowledge, Delusions of Power can be read profitably by anyone interested in the fundamental controversies of economics and politics.” —Timur Kuran, professor of economics and political science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies, Duke University
About the Author
Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and the editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal, the Independent Review. He is also the author of several books, including Against Leviathan, Competition and Coercion, Neither Liberty Nor Safety, Resurgence of the Warfare State, and The Transformation of the American Economy 1865–1914, and the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Defense of Liberty and the Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty. He lives in Covington, Louisiana.
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ORGANIZATION AND HIGHLIGHTS
Higgs uses several chapters up front to lay out the general principles with copious examples including: 1) Wilson's ability to turn the WWI European crisis into an American crisis, 2) FDR's use of the Great Depression crisis to socialize America and his engineering America's entrance into WWII, 3) LBJ's exquisite use of civil rights crisis for the Great Society explosion of Government, 4) Nixon's use of the oil crisis to grow national economic authority, 5) Bush II's use of the 9/11 Jihad to grow the military and create a whole new cabinet-level department, 6) and the Bush and Obama theatrical performances to exaggerate a financial crisis to a world-cataclysm level. A couple notable events Higgs doesn't cover: 1) Obama's invention from almost nothing of a health care crisis of such vast proportions that its "solution" required a whole new level of unconstitutional government intrusion and 2) Reagan's "evil empire" rhetoric to ratchet up peacetime military spending to historic highs. But I can't fault Higgs for such omissions since the list of crisis-opportunistic assaults is so monumental.Read more ›
The next part of the book focuses on key actors and critical events. Some of the chapters include remarks on how we were led by FDR into World War II and how the Great Society has caused great harm to our country. The third part covers economic analysis, war and politicoeconomic interactions. Included in this part is how the military indutrial complex (MICC) has corrupted government. The final part of the book is filled with Dr.Read more ›
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An attempt to perplex with brilliance. Which is almost always a failure. I did not enjoy the read which plays games with facts to make a point after an exhausting prelude. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by felixnola
Robert Higgs always presents an unconventional and remarkable view. But this is one of his best. I will never look at history without wondering how would Higgs have seen this.Published on December 5, 2013 by Erne Lewis
Good book, fast shipping. I haven't read this but Albert Higgs is a pretty smart guy. Saw him on cspan, protesting the leviathanPublished on September 1, 2013 by John Schwindt