Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society

Against Leviathan Government Power and a Free Society An unflinching critical analysis of government is contained in this work which distills complex economic and political issues for the layperson Combining an economist s analytical scrutiny with an hi

  • Title: Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society
  • Author: Robert Higgs
  • ISBN: 9780945999966
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • An unflinching critical analysis of government is contained in this work, which distills complex economic and political issues for the layperson Combining an economist s analytical scrutiny with an historian s respect for empirical evidence, the book attacks the data on which governments base their economic management and their responses to an ongoing stream of crises AmAn unflinching critical analysis of government is contained in this work, which distills complex economic and political issues for the layperson Combining an economist s analytical scrutiny with an historian s respect for empirical evidence, the book attacks the data on which governments base their economic management and their responses to an ongoing stream of crises Among the topics discussed are domestic economic busts, foreign wars, welfare programs such as social security, the arts of political leadership, the intrusive efforts of governments to protect people from themselves, and the mismanagement of the economy Though focused on US government actions, the book also makes revealing comparisons with similar government actions abroad and in China, Japan, and Western Europe.

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    1. This book ended up on my list yeeeeeears ago as a rec from a Libertarian friend. Perhaps it's been too long and I've largely moved away from any Libertarian leanings I had at one time, but I found this book rather insufferable. In fact, the last four chapters I barely skimmed (and forget pages at a time throughout that I would skim throughout the book). Early on in the book, I was annoyed by the poor arguments Higgs constructed. They were, I suppose, rousing renditions of basic Libertarian tenet [...]

    2. 'Higgs is an economist of a different kind, as his new book, Against Leviathan, shows. His background is well within the scholarly mainstream—a Johns Hopkins Ph.D he has taught at colleges large and small, from the University of Washington to Pennsylvania’s Lafayette College, where he held the William E. Simon chair in political economy before joining the Independent Institute of Oakland, California and becoming the editor of its quarterly journal, the Independent Review. But he has long que [...]

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