Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and by Robert Higgs PDF

By Robert Higgs

Taking an in depth examine the dense cloth that our govt weaves among struggle, country strength, and economics, this selection of essays finds the growing to be authority—and corruption—of the yank nation. protecting subject matters from the Lyndon Johnson presidency to the provocatively titled article “Military-Economic Fascism” at the military-industrial-congressional advanced, it argues that the U.S. govt regularly exploits nationwide crises after which invents well timed rhetoric that limits the rights and liberties of all voters for the advantage of the few, be they political leaders or a number of industrialists within the parts of protection and defense. As its name indicates, this ebook offers a transparent narrative of traits and events—from the USA’ access into international conflict II to the origins of source of revenue tax—causing contributors to query even if these in energy are really unaware of the results and motives in their regulations.

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18. Randall G. Holcombe, “Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable,” The Independent Review 8, no. 3 (Winter 2004): 325–42. 2 Do Slavery and Government Rest on the Same Rationalizations? You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you will join us And the world will live as one. —John Lennon, “Imagine” SLAVERY EXISTED FOR thousands of years in all sorts of societies and all parts of the world. To imagine human social life without it required an extraordinary effort. Yet from time to time eccentrics emerged to oppose this institution, most of them arguing that slavery is a moral monstrosity and advocating that people should get rid of it.

The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of government. But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Trying to get rid of slavery is foolishly utopian and impractical; only a fuzzy-headed dreamer would advance such a cockamamie proposal. Serious people cannot afford to waste their time in considering such far-fetched ideas. 10. Forget abolition. ”5 We cannot expect fairness or justice in this life, but all of us, including the slaves, can aspire to a life of ease and joy in paradise. • • • At one time, countless people found one or more of the foregoing reasons an adequate ground on which to oppose the abolition of slavery.

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