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Author: Robert Higgs
ISBN: 1598130455
Language: English
Pages: 336 pages
Category: Politics & Government
Publisher: Independent Institute (May 1, 2012)
Rating: 4.9
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Robert Higgs book, Delusions of Power, is a collection of essays written by the author over the past several years. Over its 309 pages, the book covers various topics cocerning the nature of government and the harm that it has caused in recent history

Robert Higgs book, Delusions of Power, is a collection of essays written by the author over the past several years. Over its 309 pages, the book covers various topics cocerning the nature of government and the harm that it has caused in recent history. The first part of the book covers the nature of the state and its policymaking. The most controversial chapter in this part was the essay on the how slavery and government rest on the same rationalizations.

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In Delusions of Power, economic historian Robert Higgs calls into .

In Delusions of Power, economic historian Robert Higgs calls into question our ingrained notions concerning the nature of the state and democracy. Higgs uproots the foundation stone upon which the state’s powers have rested and grown unchecked by the public. Through reading Higgs’s work, one will gain a new understanding of the state’s power, democracy, and the issues threatening the pursuit of liberty. The first is Sheldon D. Pollack’s War, Revenue, and State Building: Financing the Development of the American State.

Taking a close look at the dense fabric that our government weaves between war, state power, and economics, this collection of essays reveals the growing authority-and corruption-of the American state.

Taking a close look at the dense fabric that our government weaves between war, state power, and economics, this collection of essays reveals the growing authority-and corruption-of the American state

Taking a close look at the dense fabric that our government weaves between war, state power, and economics, this collection of essays reveals the growing authority-and corruption-of the American state.

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Download Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy or any other file from Books category. Taking a close look at the dense fabric that our government weaves between war, state power, and economics, this collection of essays reveals the growing authority-and corruption-of the American state.

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And his latest book is Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy

And his latest book is Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy. And, Bob, just before I let you get started, I just want to mention what a hit you were at the Mises University with your opening talk on warfare, welfare and the state. The kids were just wide-eyed, paying attention to every word. And, of course, we had the same reaction to all the people who were watching it on YouTube. HIGGS: I actually think there has been some diminution of that level of madness from the peak years of the Cold War. I don’t at all think that sane people are in charge at the Pentagon and the intelligence apparatus and in the office of president.

Robert Higgs describes the government’s use of wars and real and .

Robert Higgs describes the government’s use of wars and real and fabricated crises to expand its power.

Taking a close look at the dense fabric that our government weaves between war, state power, and economics, this collection of essays reveals the growing authority—and corruption—of the American state. Covering topics from the Lyndon Johnson presidency to the provocatively titled article “Military-Economic Fascism” on the military-industrial-congressional complex, it argues that the U.S. government consistently exploits national crises and then invents timely rhetoric that limits the rights and liberties of all citizens for the benefit of the few, be they political leaders or various industrialists in the areas of defense and security. As its title suggests, this book presents a clear narrative of trends and events—from the United States’ entry into World War II to the origins of income tax—causing individuals to question whether those in power are truly blind to the effects and causes of their policies.

Comments (7)
Goll
When I started the early chapters I wondered if I was reading a screed against any kind of government and favoring total anarchy. That is probably too strong an impression. Higgs makes bold and unequivocal statements about the overreach of governments throughout history and his points are for the most part well taken. Having worked in aerospace during the early part of my career I empathize with his observations about the military-industrial-congressional complex and the absolute theft engendered by cost-plus-fixed-fee contracts. I also certainly agree with his points about unnecessary wars and the total waste that they inflict on societies. He even makes a good case (as have many others) that the US participation in WW II was unnecessary and led to many bad unintended consequences.
Best West
Outstanding! Robert Higgs breaks down the irrationality that government is based upon. I would highly recommend people from all political persuasions to read this book, it does a great job of highlighting beliefs that we never think about questioning.
invincible
Good book, fast shipping. I haven't read this but Albert Higgs is a pretty smart guy. Saw him on cspan, protesting the leviathan
Xmatarryto
An attempt to perplex with brilliance. Which is almost always a failure. I did not enjoy the read which plays games with facts to make a point after an exhausting prelude. The topics don't necessarily interrelate; and, it does not combine to bring it all together. This book is another example of academics who won't state the obvious and place blame where the facts lead. If anything, I believe the whole treatise is benign and weak. I suppose to promote publication. It's just too damned politically correct in times when we need anything but. The author/writers have the credentials; just not the courage to expose. One should not have to divine the point by page after page of rubbish. As for me; I learned very little. Yes, it is chopped full of footnotes and references; and, you will pick up a few gems in the rough. If you can stand it.
Dalallador
Robert Higgs book, Delusions of Power, is a collection of essays written by the author over the past several years. Over its 309 pages, the book covers various topics cocerning the nature of government and the harm that it has caused in recent history. The first part of the book covers the nature of the state and its policymaking. The most controversial chapter in this part was the essay on the how slavery and government rest on the same rationalizations. Some these rationalizations include that without a master a slave dies and without government the citzen dies and that both slaves and the people are incapable of taking care of themselves thus they need slavery and government respectively. A very sobering essay to say the least. Higgs also writes a chapter about how people should be blamed for allowing crooked politicians to rule over them. Higgs remarked "...people have been so massively miseducated, propagandized, cowed, and treated with cynical disregard of their rights for so long that for the most part not only have they lost the capacity to stand on their own feet, but worse, they have in most cases come to love the Big Brother whose boot is grinding their faces."

The next part of the book focuses on key actors and critical events. Some of the chapters include remarks on how we were led by FDR into World War II and how the Great Society has caused great harm to our country. The third part covers economic analysis, war and politicoeconomic interactions. Included in this part is how the military indutrial complex (MICC) has corrupted government. The final part of the book is filled with Dr. Higgs' reviews of various books including New Deal or Raw Deal by Burt Folsom, The Pearl Harbor Myth: Thinking the Unthinkable by George Victor and Pat Buchanan's book on Churchill, Hitler and "unnecessary war."

The essays are well-written with plenty of footnotes; however, there was a little too much use of citing Wikipedia which is a pet peeve of mine. There is also an index, but no bibliography. Dr. Higgs is one of the foremost champions of freedom in a good way. I have found through my readings of history that the State has caused grave harm to people throughout the ages and that the expansion of the state over the past century has caused untold misery. A fine effort by Dr. Higgs and I highly recommend everyone get a copy for his of her reading; five stars
Gldasiy
Higgs traverses the history of American crises, both military and economic, and explains the resulting growth of governmental influence. This book is an excellent addition to his already impressive collection on the subject, as Delusions of Power goes further to explain the men and decisions behind the leap in government. Higgs gives a clear and pointed criticism of the hubris of men in power, both those who think that they can solve the world's problems with the stroke of a pen, or worse, those who care nothing for the world's problems and seek only to use them to grab more power. For any who want to better understand the nature of the growth of government, this book is a must read.