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eBook Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society (Independent Studies in Political Economy) epub
  • ISBN: 0945999968
  • Author: Robert Higgs
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Independent Institute (September 1, 2004)
  • Pages: 350 pages
  • ePUB size: 1662 kb
  • FB2 size 1867 kb
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Series: Independent Studies in Political Economy. Robert Higgs' Against Leviathan is a must read for anyone wanting to think - really think - about government involvement in a free society.

Series: Independent Studies in Political Economy. what is said to be a free society. The book is really a series of articles written over the years by the author, but each article is a self-contained tour de force of analysis on the chosen issue. Mr. Higgs shows, in detail, that we are not living in a free society, at least not the kind of free society we once lived in.

Leading Robert Higgs’s magnificent collection of essays leaves one puzzled. Higgs is the foremost American economic historian who writes from a free-market perspective

Leading Robert Higgs’s magnificent collection of essays leaves one puzzled. Higgs is the foremost American economic historian who writes from a free-market perspective. His analysis of government failure and malfeasance rests on a combination of theoretical acuity and mastery of empirical data unmatched since the passing of Murray Rothbard. Why, then, are there so few Higgsians? Why do so many intellectuals embrace the statist disasters that Higgs ruthlessly and mordantly demolishes?

In Against Leviathan, economist and historian Robert Higgs .

In Against Leviathan, economist and historian Robert Higgs, offers an unflinching critical analysis of government power. Against Leviathan combines an economist’s analytical scrutiny, an historian’s respect for the facts, and a refusal to accept the standard excuses and cruelties of government officialdom.

In Against Leviathan economist and historian Robert Higgs offers a critical analysis of government power. This book combines an economists's analytical scrutiny, an historian's respect for the facts, and a refusal to accept the standard excuses and cruelties of government officialdom.

Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society. Against Leviathan - Robert Higgs. What should we call the vast hodgepodge of statutes, regulations, court rulings, government bureaus, police departments, law courts, military organizations, and assorted authoritative busybodies under whose weight we Americans are now suffocating? Following Thomas Hobbes, I have settled on the term Leviathan. Unlike Hobbes, however, I do not recommend the beast. Instead, I have come, not lightly but in the course of some forty years of studying how it operates, to oppose it root and branch.

Though focused on . This book furthers the disscussions in Higgs’ bestseller Crisis and Leviathan. government actions, the book also makes revealing comparisons with similar government actions abroad and in China, Japan, and Western Europe. If you like the work here then please donate today.

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Though focused on US government actions, the book also makes revealing comparisons with similar government actions abroad and in China, Japan, and Western Europe. Against Leviathan - (Independent Studies in Political Economy) by Robert Higgs (Paperback).

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Against Leviathan : Government Power and a Free Society. Independent Studies in Political Economy

Against Leviathan : Government Power and a Free Society. Independent Studies in Political Economy. By (author) Robert Higgs.

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 US government actions, the book also makes revealing comparisons with similar government actions abroad and in China, Japan, and Western Europe.
Comments: (7)
CopamHuk
A well done, easy to read series of "Austrian-style" essays. A modern day equivalent of Albert Jay Nock's "Our Enemy the State" and Frank Chodorov's "The Rise and Fall of Society." If only a mere fraction of the American people understood the real workings of the state, the position it has placed its host (the American people) in, and what the end result is going to be, there would be a revolution tomorrow.
Quashant
Excellent service.Thanks
SoSok
very good read
Cel
Good book!
Thordibandis
Robert Higgs' Against Leviathan is a must read for anyone wanting to think - really think - about government involvement in a free society. Well... what is said to be a free society. The book is really a series of articles written over the years by the author, but each article is a self-contained tour de force of analysis on the chosen issue. Mr. Higgs shows, in detail, that we are not living in a free society, at least not the kind of free society we once lived in. Against Leviathan details, in an elegant intellectual fashion, how Western Society fell from grace as a set of governments holding individual rights in esteem to a group of near tyrants stomping on the individual and individual rights at every turn. Against Leviathan levels its intellectual firepower at government regulation, taxation, conscription, welfare, Marxism, collectivism, anti-individual ideology and a host of other ills that plague modern society.

What I like most about the book is it shakes up ones' worldview. It attacks commonly held assumptions with fervor, and causes the reader to re-evaluation his intellectual roots. For example, the book discusses the "Normal" Constitution and the "Crisis" Constitution. On the one hand, the normal Constitution functions as one might expect, as it is written (for the most part), but the crisis Constitution functions in an entirely different fashion. When a crisis arrives, the crisis constitution allows the government to expand its power exponentially. After the crisis is resolved, the government tends to return to its former more limited role - but not entirely. Government power does not deflate as much as it inflates, thus, the government manages to expand at least a little after each crisis. This is just one of many thought provoking articles in Mr. Higgs' book.

Of course, I do not agree with everything the author says, but that does not matter. In the main, the book is intended, I think, to cause the reader to examine his worldview and re-think the basis for his ideology. What more can a person ask than to be stimulated to ponder fundamental issues?

A wonderful book. Highly recommended.
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Bodwyn
Awesome book, got to me fast, in perfect condition. I saw Higgs on c-span, and had to order a book or two of his. He has great ideas in turning back the State.
Shazel
Great collection of essays. Dr. Higgs is brilliant.
A very readable collection of essays and assorted writings that are an excellent companion to any of James Bovards works especially "Lost Rights".

He explodes myths in a way that exposes the corrupt foundation of big government. Nothing from the Wefare state to the FDA, the Drug War and overall regulation escapes Higgs' scrutiny.

There is something here for everyon and I plan to pass my copy to as many people as possible including my daughters college friends as an antidote to their years of being brainwashed.

If you've veer wondered whether all these big expensive and liberty-destroying federal programs are worth it or can ever work, Higgs will certainly cure you of any doubts.

The chapter of the FDA is alone worth the price of the book as many of my friends all use the FDA as the one thing that the federal government does right and we cannot live without. Higgs exposes that for the sad joke that it is. In reality the FDA had killed many more people than they've ever saved. Despite years of testing and hundreds of millions od dollars prescription drugs still kill thousands ( Voixx was approved by the FDA then recently pulled ) at the same time tens of thousands are dying while potential life saving drugs are denied patients by the FDA rules - all in the name of safety!

The best thing about this book is that Higgs exposes the underlying issues without his own poitical axe to grind, and he is willing to give credit where credit is due. Overall his attack is relentless and his arguments very convincing. Even the most rabid Demo-publican will not be able to factually dispute anything presented here. Like Bovards works, this book is meticulously researched.

Read this and it will become intuitively obvious to the most casual observer the futility of government action. Think of this book as a bull$h** vaccine. After digesting this work any reader will be more likely to pick out and filter the BS coming from DC and their media lapdogs.
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