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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
    Winter 2015   Tolstoy’s Manifesto on the State, Christian Anarchy, and Pacifism
    Fall 2014   Ronald Coase, Anomalous Superstar of the Economics Profession
    Summer 2014   The Fed’s Immiseration of People Who Live on Interest Earnings
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Volume 18 Number 4
Spring 2014

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