We’re All Sick and Government Must Heal Us
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Spring 1999 issue of The Independent Review

Americans now seem to view social deviance of nearly every stripe—from criminality and drug use, to Attention Deficit Disorder and everyday schoolboy mischief—as a mental illness rooted in poor self-esteem and requiring government-sponsored therapy to fix. Ominously, the embrace of this therapeutic ethos has become a source of legitimation of expanded state power that otherwise would face stiff opposition, argues James L. Nolan, Jr., in his well-researched book, The Theraputic State: Justifying Government at Century’s End.


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