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The Salmon Trap: An Analogy for People’s Entrapment by the State
By Robert Higgs
This article appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of The Independent Review


Abstract

Like the salmon traps that were once used to direct fish into captivity, various political schemes direct people toward dependence on the state. And just as salmon can’t turn back, most people are extremely averse to searching for a path toward self-reliance, having lost the capacity or willingness to take on responsibilities that their ancestors routinely undertook.



Other Independent Review articles by Robert Higgs
    Summer 2015   Gross Domestic Product—an Index of Economic Welfare or a Meaningless Metric?
    Spring 2015   Compassion—a Critical Factor for Attaining and Maintaining a Free Society
    Winter 2015   Tolstoy’s Manifesto on the State, Christian Anarchy, and Pacifism
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Volume 18 Number 4
Spring 2014

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