May 4, 2006 – Robert Higgs

May 4, 2006

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Robert Higgs
Senior Fellow in Political Economy, The Independent Institute

War: Making Government
Bigger Forever

Robert Higgs says:

Once a state had conquered some group of people, those people were compelled to surrender tribute to their unwelcome rulers.

“In time the tribute became regularized and institutionalized as taxation. Thus, the use and threat of violence allowed one class of people – those who constituted the state and its supporters – to live at the expense of another class of people, the subdued producers who chose to pay tribute rather than continuing to fight back at high risk of their own destruction.

Dr. Higgs is the editor of The Independent Institute’s quarterly journal, The Independent Review.

His books include Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society and Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11.

He was the editor of the books ‘Hazardous to Our Health? FDA Regulation of Health Care ProductsArms, Politics and the Economy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, and Emergence of the Modern Political Economy.

He’s written for The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago TribuneThe San Francisco ExaminerReason, and many other publications and web sites.

He’s appeared on NPR, NBC, ABC, C-SPAN, CNBC, Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and scores of other radio and TV stations. He’s been interviewed for articles in The New York TimesInvestor’s Business Daily, the Chicago TribuneReasonThe Washington Times, the Financial Times, and elsewhere.

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