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Depression, War, and Cold War: Studies in Political Economy by [Higgs, Robert]
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Depression, War, and Cold War...is one of those rare offerings that explicates the truth of things related to the inimical conflation of government, the military, and our congressional banditti these past seventy years or so.... It is a book that reveals a singular and important element of the derailment of our culture: where human nature has triumphed in an egophanic revolt against the old order."--Human Events.com


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Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute and author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government.

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  • File Size: 2591 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 22, 2006)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2006
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0014EU8YY
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By C. D. Allen on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I know you're not supposed to give away a books plot in a review, however, the Depression ended, we won World War II, and then the Cold War began and lasted for nearly fifty years, though not necessarily in that order.

When I began reading Depression, War, And Cold War, a collection of essays and articles spanning almost two decades, my first thought about Robert Higgs was that he has an ax to grind.

In the introduction he elaborates the Military Industrial Congressional Complex (MICC) and then goes on to assert, "...if the Soviet government did the devil's work, so, on many occasions, did the U.S. government and its allies. Not the least of the self-damage was the transformation of the executive branch of the federal government into a secretive, highly discretionary, often ill-advised and badly informed organization that was far too dedicated to attempting the futile task of running the whole world." He then proposes to examine the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the events in the book's title, something Mr. Higgs admits very rarely happens without bias in the study of economic history.

The text, for the most part, focuses on an analysis of the "war is good for the economy" myth. This is where Robert Higgs, as an economist, shines. He provides the framework to see events surrounding World War II as an end to "regime uncertainty" and not as the actual catalyst for any kind of boom. He then goes on to dissect the troubled relationship between government and industry that prolonged the Depression, and analyzes the subsequent policy and personnel changes that encouraged everyone to enter once again into discourse. Changes, incidentally, that still affect every American today almost seventy years later.
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Higgs is one of those annoying academics who actually believes that research is an important task. (I said annoying with tongue in cheek). He writes clearly about the effects of the depression and in this collection of essays argues that neither the New Deal nor WWII took us out of the depression. He makes a good case because he is careful both with his history and his data.

This is a thoroughly readable book which everyone who is interested in our current economic problems should read.
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In this thourough and origional work, Professor Higgs exposes just what got our country out of Hoover and Roosevelt's Great Depression. Roosevelt was gone, over ten million young men came home and entered productive private employment and government spending was slashed by two-thirds.

Such insight can get us out of the Bush/Obama Depression too. We should bring home our troups and close the thousand bases they populate while slashing government spending by two-thirds.
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