Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society [NOOK Book]

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An unflinching critical analysis of government is contained in this work, which distills complex economic and political issues for the layperson. Combining an economist’s analytical scrutiny with an historian’s respect for empirical evidence, the book attacks the data on which governments base their economic management and their responses to an ongoing stream of crises. Among the topics discussed are domestic economic busts, foreign wars, welfare programs such as social security, the arts of political leadership,...
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Overview

An unflinching critical analysis of government is contained in this work, which distills complex economic and political issues for the layperson. Combining an economist’s analytical scrutiny with an historian’s respect for empirical evidence, the book attacks the data on which governments base their economic management and their responses to an ongoing stream of crises. Among the topics discussed are domestic economic busts, foreign wars, welfare programs such as social security, the arts of political leadership, the intrusive efforts of governments to protect people from themselves, and the mismanagement of the economy. Though focused on U.S. government actions, the book also makes revealing comparisons with similar government actions abroad and in China, Japan, and Western Europe. This book furthers the disscussions in Higgs' bestseller Crisis and Leviathan.
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Editorial Reviews

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“I wish liberals and even radicals felt and wrote as strongly about the Iron Heel of government power as does Robert Higgs.”  —Alexander Cockburn, columnist, The Nation; co-editor, CounterPunch

"Against Leviathan is one of the best books on economic policy in the last few years. Higgs’s case against government oppression is tight and persuasive. Virtually every page of this easy-to-read book tells something important about the economy or government." —David Henderson, Professor of Economics, Naval Postgraduate School; author, The Joy of Freedom

"This is a book that should be read by anyone concerned with American freedoms in the 21st century." —Thomas Gale Moore, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

"Defenders of liberty need look no further for intellectual ammunition. This hard-hitting book exposes the multitude of ways the growth of the welfare-warfare state threatens our freedom and prosperity." —Ron Paul, U.S. Congressman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598130881
  • Publisher: Independent Institute, The
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Higgs is the author of Competition and Coercion, Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, The Transformation of the American Economy 1865–1914, and more than 100 articles and reviews appearing in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Reason, Society, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a senior fellow in political economy at the Independent Institute and is the editor of the institute's quarterly journal, The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy. He has also appeared on ABC, CNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, and Radio Free Europe.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xv
Part I Welfare Statism
Chapter 1 Is More Economic Equality Better? 3
Chapter 2 The Welfare State: Promising Protection in an Age of Anxiety 9
Chapter 3 Nineteen Neglected Consequences of Income Redistribution 21
Part II Our Glorious Leaders
Chapter 4 The Mythology of Roosevelt and the New Deal 33
Chapter 5 Public Choice and Political Leadership 41
Chapter 6 Bolingbroke, Nixon, and the Rest of Them 45
Chapter 7 What Professor Stiglitz Learned in Washington 49
Chapter 8 Great Presidents? 53
Part III Despotism, Soft and Hard
Chapter 9 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration: A Billy Club Is Not a Substitute for Eyeglasses 59
Chapter 10 Regulatory Harmonization: A Sweet-Sounding, Dangerous Development 75
Chapter 11 Puritanism, Paternalism, and Power 83
Chapter 12 We're All Sick, and Government Must Heal Us 89
Chapter 13 Lock 'Em Up! 95
Chapter 14 Government Protects Us? 101
Chapter 15 Coercion Is Not a Societal Constant 107
Part IV Economic Disgraces
Chapter 16 Official Economic Statistics: The Emperor's Clothes Are Dirty 115
Chapter 17 A Tale of Two Labor Markets 123
Chapter 18 Death and Taxes 131
Chapter 19 A Carnival of Taxation 137
Chapter 20 Unmitigated Mercantilism 145
Chapter 21 Results of a Fifty-Year Experiment in Political Economy 153
Chapter 22 Results of Another Fifty-Year Experiment in Political Economy 155
Chapter 23 Pity the Poor Japanese 157
Part V The Political Economy of Crisis
Chapter 24 War and Leviathan in Twentieth-Century America: Conscription as the Keystone 163
Chapter 25 Crisis and Quasi-corporatist Policymaking: The U.S. Case in Historical Perspective 177
Chapter 26 The Normal Constitution versus the Crisis Constitution 201
Chapter 27 The Myth of War Prosperity 219
Chapter 28 To Deal with a Crisis: Government Program or Free Market? 227
Chapter 29 Beware the Pork Hawk: In Pursuit of Reelection, Congress Sells Out the Nation's Defense 235
Chapter 30 The Cold War Is Over, but U.S. Preparation for It Continues 247
Part VI Retreat of the State?
Chapter 31 Leviathan at Bay? (As Viewed in 1991) 271
Chapter 32 Escaping Leviathan? 283
Chapter 33 The Era of Big Government Is Not Over 289
Part VII Review of the Troops
Chapter 34 The Bloody Hinge of American History 299
Chapter 35 The Rise of Big Business in America 311
Chapter 36 Origins of the Corporate Liberal State 319
Chapter 37 When Ideological Worlds Collide: Reflections on Kraditor's Radical Persuasion 339
Chapter 38 On Ackerman's Justification of Irregular Constitutional Change: Is Any Vice You Get Away With a Virtue? 351
Chapter 39 The So-Called Third Way 361
Chapter 40 Thank God for the Nation State? 367
Index 377
About the Author 407
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