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Robert Higgs on Government Obstruction of Liberty
Recorded: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Originally aired on 4/14/10 on FoxNews.com’s “Freedom Watch.” Robert Higgs discusses the extent to which the federal governments policies inhibit freedom.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Power, Taxes, Terrorism and National Crises

       
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Robert Higgs on the Decline in Investment Spending
Recorded: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Originally aired on 3/10/10 on FoxNews.com’s “Freedom Watch.” Robert Higgs, explains why private investment, not government spending, is the key to economic recovery.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Television
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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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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