Fear: The Foundation of Every Government’s Power
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of The Independent Review

When governments of old tired of spending resources to beat the public into submission, they created court priests to propagate a theology of obedience. These days governments maintain their rule by preying on the public’s fears of sundry crises, real and imagined.


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