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Volume 18  Number 4  •  Spring 2014
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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

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.

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