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Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society
Recorded: Wednesday, September 29, 2004

September 29, 2004

Oakland, CA

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 anyone's 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 economist's analytical scrutiny, an historian's respect for the facts, and a refusal to accept the standard excuses and cruelties of government officialdom.

Robert Higgs

Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute's quarterly journal, The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy

Author, Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society

David J. Theroux

Founder and President, The Independent Institute

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Democracy, History (U.S), Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics

       
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Ivan Eland on CNN on Guerrilla Warfare
Recorded: Saturday, September 25, 2004

Ivan Eland shares his views on the United States’ involvement in guerrilla warfare in Iraq.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Defense and Foreign Policy, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on Russian Terrorism Policies with Lou Dobbs
Recorded: Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Ivan Eland discusses the Russian school siege and Vladimir Putin’s policies for addressing terrorist attacks in an interview with Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on CNN on the Terror-Alert System
Recorded: Friday, August 6, 2004

Ivan Eland points out the ineffectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security's terror-alert system in an interview with Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on Terrorist Threats
Recorded: Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Ivan Eland discusses the War on Terror and the potential for increased terrorist threats in a CBS 5 news report.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Ivan Eland on CNN on Airport Screenings and Terror Alerts
Recorded: Monday, January 5, 2004

Ivan Eland discusses the weaknesses of the Department of Homeland Security’s terror-alert system and the effects of airport screenings in an interview with CNN.

Experts: Ivan Eland
Type: Television
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Terrorism and National Crises, Transportation

       
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