Will the new information technology abet government repression, à la Big Brother, or will it mostly promote individual liberty, as the old information technology helped to do in the Soviet Union? Hint: Even without the widespread use of encryption software, the Internet is already helping people shrug off the crushing yoke of the state.

David R. Henderson is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, an Associate Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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Other Independent Review articles by David R. Henderson
Summer 2018 Why We Fight: A Study of U.S. Government War-Making Propaganda
Fall 2016 An Economist’s Case for a Noninterventionist Foreign Policy
Winter 2015/16 The Economy in 2065: Predictions and Cautions
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