Why Are Politicians Always Trying to Scare Us?
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Reception: 6:30 pm. Program: 7:00 pm
Admission: $15 $10 for Institute Members
$27 Special Admission includes one copy of Neither Liberty Nor Safety $22 Members. (25% discount!)
Location: The Independent Institute Conference Center, Oakland, CA.
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From ancient times to the present, politicians, bureaucrats, and interest groups have gained resources and control over the public by playing to peoples fears of various crises and by offering solutions that often only make problems worse. This tactic has been facilitated by the widespread belief that gaining economic, military, and personal security requires sacrificing liberty. In contrast, Benjamin Franklin once said, Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Please join us as Robert Higgs (author, Neither Liberty Nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government) shows how fear mongering by politicians and their allies erodes peoples willingness and ability to govern themselves. Dr. Higgs will also expose the false trade-off between freedom and security by showing how the U.S. governments economic and military interventions in the 20th and 21st centuries have reduced Americans civil and economic liberties, prosperity, and genuine security.
Neither Liberty Nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government
Higgss thesis is as persuasive as it is chilling: an increasing and unthinking reliance on government has made us look to politicians and bureaucrats to solve all our problems. Neither Liberty Nor Safety is required reading for anyone interested in the history of government or in the future of America.
Neither Liberty Nor Safety is an important addition to Robert Higgss systematic analysis of the political uses of fear-mongering. The cancerous growth of the modern guardian stateuncontrolled by a higher poweris our generations legacy: future generations will have to control it, submit to it, or escape from it.