Government Power and a Free Society
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland CA
Map and Directions
What is fundamentally wrong with government today? Since 2001, despite low inflation, federal spending has increased by a massive 28.8%, creating the largest deficits in U.S. history and the highest rate of government growth since the guns-and-butter presidencies of Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. At the same time, federal agencies have been given new powers to secretly search anyones property and intercept phone, Internet, and other communications, as well as inspect health and financial records. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, economist and historian Robert Higgs alone predicted this explosion of government power, as politicians have again taken full advantage of a frightened American public.
At this special Independent Policy Forum based on his new book, Against Leviathan, Dr. Higgs will present an unflinchingly critical analysis of the abuse of government power, including pork, the welfare state, protectionism, trampling on the Bill of Rights, and governmental responses to a continuing stream of crises, including foreign wars, both hot and cold. Dr. Higgs combines an economists analytical scrutiny, an historians respect for the facts, and a refusal to accept the standard excuses and cruelties of government officialdom.
In Against Leviathan, economist and historian Robert Higgs offers an unflinching critical analysis of government power. Topics include Social Security, the paternalism of the FDA, the War on Drugs, the nature of political leadership, civil liberties, the conduct of the national surveillance state, and governmental responses to a continuing stream of crises, including domestic economic busts and foreign wars both hot and cold.