Robert Higgs–On A Century of Crisis and Leviathan–Videos

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Robert Higgs on a Century of Crisis and Leviathan 

Against Leviathan | Robert Higgs

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“Lecture presented by Robert Higgs at the Lugwig von Mises Institute’s annual Austrian Scholars Conference held at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama; March 16-18, 2006.”

 http://mises.org

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Robert Higgs on C-SPAN2’s Book TV, Part 1 of 3 

“…Originally aired 4/4/2009. Robert Higgs, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, discusses his work as an author and political economist in a featured interview with In Depth on C-SPAN2’s Book TV. …”

Robert Higgs on C-SPAN2’s Book TV, Part 2 of 3

Robert Higgs on C-SPAN2’s Book TV, Part 3 of 3

Robert Higgs on the Rise and Fall of Leviathan

“…Robert Higgs is an economic historian whose writings focus on the causes and means of government growth. He is the author of Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (1989). Higgs speaks here at a Future of Freedom Foundation conference in 1995 on the ratchet effect- the idea that governments tend to grab power during emergencies but do not cede it completely after each crisis abates- and gives his own analysis of what it might take to slow the growth of government in the 21st century. …”

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Memo To Bill Bennett: Economists For Your Morning In America Show: Sowell, Woods, Goodman, Higgs, Mitchell, Boskin, and Lazear

Posted on July 21, 2010. Filed under: Blogroll, College, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Farming, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, government, government spending, Health Care, history, Immigration, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Monetary Policy, People, Philosophy, Politics, Raves, Regulations, Resources, Strategy, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”

~Thomas Sowell

 

Bill,

A caller to your July 21, 2010 show made an excellent suggestion that in addition to having Bryon York on every Monday morning that you have economists on your show on a regular basis.

Since every day there is one or more stories in the news that an economist could easily comment upon, I suggest the following seven savvy conservative or classical liberal economists/economic historians for a  interview with you in one or more segments of your show:

Monday: Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell on the Housing Boom and Bust

Tuesday: Thomas E. Woods/ John C. Goodman

Keynesian Predictions vs. American History | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

John Goodman on Health Care Reform

Wednesday: Robert Higgs

Robert Higgs on C-SPAN2’s Book TV, Part 1 of 3

Thursday: Dan Mitchell

There Are too Many Bureaucrats and They Are Paid too Much

Friday: Michael Boskin/Edward Lazear

Edward Lazear and Michael Boskin — Economic Headwinds

I look forward to Bryon York’s insights on Monday morning and the above economists would take your radio show to the next level.

Better watch out Rush and Glenn.

Great Show.

Raymond

” Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidise it”

~President Ronald Reagan

Addendum

“…The most important player on Ronald Reagan’s economic team is Ronald Reagan. The person most responsible for creating the economic program that came to be known as Reaganomics is Reagan himself. For over twenty years he observed the American economy, read and studied the writings of some of the best economists in the world, including the giants of the free market economy — Ludwig von Mises, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman — and he spoke and wrote on the economy, going through the rigorous mental discipline of explaining his thoughts to others. Over the years he made all the key decisions on the economic strategies he finally embraced. He always felt comfortable with his knowledge of the field and he was in command all the way. …”

~Martin Anderson, in Revolution (1988), p. 164

PS

The Presidential History of Golf

Byron York talks about liberal efforts to ‘pre-tar’ the Tea Party protests as a violent movement

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhPa2SSfQx4

 

Thomas Sowell

http://www.tsowell.com/

“…Thomas Sowell (born June 30, 1930), is an American economist, social critic, political commentator and author. He often writes as an advocate of laissez-faire economics. He is currently a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. In 1990, he won the Francis Boyer Award, presented by the American Enterprise Institute. In 2002 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal for prolific scholarship melding history, economics, and political science. In 2003, he was awarded the Bradley Prize for intellectual achievement.[1] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sowell

Thomas E. Woods

http://www.thomasewoods.com/

“…Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (born August 1, 1972) is an American historian and New York Times bestselling author.[1]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Woods

John C. Goodman

 

http://www.ncpa.org/about/john-c-goodman

 

“…John C. Goodman is a libertarian economist and the founding president of the Dallas based, conservative think-tank the National Center for Policy Analysis.[1] The Wall Street Journal called Goodman the “father of Health Savings Accounts [1]. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_C._Goodman

 

Robert Higgs

 http://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=489

 “…Robert Higgs (born 1 February 1944) is an American economist of the Austrian School and a libertarian anarchist. His writings in economics and economic history have most often focused on the causes, means, and effects of government growth. …”

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Higgs

Dan Mitchell 

http://www.cato.org/people/daniel-mitchell 

  

“…Dan Mitchell is a libertarian economist, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is one of the nation’s experts on the flat tax[citation needed] and has been the leading international voice in the fight to preserve tax competition, financial privacy, and fiscal sovereignty…”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_J._Mitchell

Michael J. Boskin

 

“…Michael Jay Boskin (born September 23, 1945 in New York City) is the T. M. Friedman Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He also is Chief Executive Officer and President of Boskin & Co., an economic consulting company.[1][2] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Boskin

Edward Lazear

 

http://www.hoover.org/fellows/9826

 

“…Edward Paul “Ed” Lazear (born 1948) is an award-winning American economist, considered the founder of personnel economics, and was the chief economic advisor to President George W. Bush. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Lazear

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Robert Higgs–Crisis and Leviathan–Videos

Posted on June 23, 2010. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Crime, Culture, Economics, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, government, government spending, Law, liberty, Life, Links, Monetary Policy, People, Philosophy, Politics, Rants, Raves, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , |

“We know that other great crises will come. Whether they will be occasioned by foreign wars, economic collapse, or rampant terrorism, no one can predict with assurance. Yet in one form or another, great crises will surely come again, as they have from time to time throughout all human history. When they do, governments almost certainly will gain new powers over economic and social affairs. Everything that I have argued and documented in the preceding chapters points toward this conclusion. For those who cherish individual liberty and a free society, the prospect is deeply disheartening.”

~Robert Higgs, Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, page 262.

“An important, powerful, and profoundly disturbing book.”

~James M. Buchanan, Nobel Laureate, in Journal of Economic History


“A blockbuster of a book, one of the most important of the last decade. It is that rare and wondrous combination: scholarly and hard-hitting, lucidly written and libertarian as well.”

~Murray N. Rothbard in Liberty


“A superb history. …Two hundred years after the establishment of the American Constitution, I can think of no more important reading than Mr. Higgs’ book, aside from the Constitution itself.”

~R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., Former Editor-in-Chief, The American Spectator

“…This seminal treatise in the history of ideas demonstrates what has come to be known as the Higgs thesis: that government grows in periods of crisis, for example, war and depression. He demonstrates this with a detailed look at twentieth century economic history.

Higgs’s thesis is so compelling that it has become the dominant paradigm for understanding the so-called ratchet effect: government grows during crisis and then retrenches afterwards, but not to the same level as before.

This book is absolutely essential for anyone who seeks to understand the dynamics of government growth and the loss of liberty. The contents of this volume include:

  • Part I. Framework
    • 1. The Sources of Big Government: A Critical Survey of Hypotheses
    • 2. How Much Has the Government Grown? Conventional Measures and an Alternative View
    • 3. On Ideology as an Analytical Concept in the Study of Political Economy
    • 4. Crisis, Bigger Government, and Ideological Change: Toward an Understanding of the Ratchet
  • Part II. History
    • 5. Crisis Under the Old Regime, 1893-1896
    • 6. The Progressive Era: A Bridge to Modern Times
    • 7. The Political Economy of War, 1916-1918
    • 8. The Great Depression: “An Emergency More Serious than War”
    • 9. The Political Economy of War, 1940-1945
    • 10. Crisis and Leviathan: From World War II to the 1980s
    • 11. Retrospect and Prospect

Paperback ISBN 0-19-505900-X …”

http://mises.org/store/Crisis-and-Leviathan-P138C0.aspx


Robert Higgs on C-SPAN2’s Book TV, Part 1 of 3

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“Since 1945, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans have come into and out of power as the oscillations of a pendulum, but regardless of the political swings the fixed point has remained a fundamental abrogation of private economic rights. Constantly vulnerable to unsettling governmental intervention–whether wage-price controls, energy controls, labor-market controls, environmental controls, international trade controls, or any number of other intrusions into once-private economic affairs–the postwar economy has staggered forward. All shades of politicians have preferred the powers available to them in a mixed economy to the conceivable alternatives. Without the powerful ideological and constitutional restraints that operated for over a century after the birth of the United States–restraints destroyed during the national emergencies of 1916-1945–modern governmental authorities may think deeply and often from the heady wellsprings of political power and social control.”

~Robert Higgs, Crisis and leviathan, page 257.

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Robert Higgs

“…Robert Higgs (born 1 February 1944) is an American economist of the Austrian School and a libertarian anarchist. His writings in economics and economic history have most often focused on the causes, means, and effects of government growth.

He is a Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute (since September 1994), and is editor of Independent Review (since 1995).[1] He is an adjunct faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute[2] and is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.[3] Higgs is also a contributor to LewRockwell.com.[4]

Higgs has held teaching positions at University of Washington, Lafayette College, and Seattle University. He has also been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University. Higgs held a visiting professorship at the University of Economics, Prague in 2006,[1] and has supervised dissertations in the Ph.D. program at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.[5]

…”

“…Books

As author

  • The Transformation of the American Economy, 1865-1914 (1971)
  • Competition and Coercion: Blacks in the American Economy, 1865-1914 (1977; paperback edition 1980) Nominated for the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Award
  • Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government (1987)
  • Against Leviathan: Government Power and a Free Society (2004)
  • Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11 (2005)
  • Depression, War and Cold War: Studies in Political Economy (2006)
  • Politická ekonomie strachu (“The Political Economy of Fear”) (Czech language; 2006)
  • Neither Liberty Nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government (2007)

As editor

  • Emergence of the Modern Political Economy (1985)
  • Arms, Politics, and the Economy: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (1990)
  • Hazardous to Our Health? FDA Regulation of Health Care Products (1995)
  • Re-Thinking Green: Alternatives to Environmental Bureaucracy with Carl P. Close (2005)
  • The Challenge of Liberty: Classical Liberalism Today with Carl P. Close (2006)
  • Opposing the Crusader State: Alternatives to Global Interventionism with Carl P. Close (2007)…”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Higgs

Robert Higgs: Archives

Past articles by Robert Higgs on LewRockwell.com

http://www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs-arch.html

Crisis and Leviathan: Observations amid the Current Episode

by Robert Higgs

“…Since the early twentieth century, periods of real or perceived national emergency have been “critical episodes” in the growth of government’s size, scope, and power in the United States and in many other countries. Hence, the concise conceptualization: Crisis and Leviathan (the main title of my 1987 book on the growth of government in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century).

In the past century, the first five such critical episodes in the United States were: World War I; the Great Depression; World War II; a multi-faceted set of crises associated with the civil-rights revolution and the Vietnam War, roughly coincident with the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon; and the post 9/11 events associated with the so-called War on Terror and the U.S. attacks on and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. We are now amid another such critical episode, which springs from the housing bust that began in 2006, the economic recession that began late in 2007, and the financial debacle that reached its climax in September 2008.

The current troubles are complex and raise a multitude of questions. Many books and articles no doubt will be written to analyze these various issues in scholarly depth and detail, and certainly anything we might say today must be regarded as preliminary, at best. I focus here on a few aspects of the present episode that relate closely to my own research on the growth of government, a field of study to which I have returned again and again over the past thirty years. …”

http://www.lewrockwell.com/higgs/higgs151.html


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Bring All The Troops Home–Take It To The Bank–The Decline of American Liberalism–Videos

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Pete Seeger: Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Where have all the flowers gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the flowers gone,
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone,
Young girls picked them every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn

Where have all the young girls gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the young girls gone,
Long time ago,
Where have all the young girls gone,
gone to young men every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn

Where have all the young men gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the young men gone,
Long time ago,
Where have all the young men gone,
gone to soldiers every one,
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn

Where have all the soldiers gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the soldiers gone,
Long time ago,
Where have all the soldiers gone,
Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn

Where have all the graveyards gone,
Long time passing,
Where have all the graveyards gone,
Long time ago,
Where have all the graveyards gone,
Gone to flowers every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn

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The progressive radical socialists of both the Democratic and Republican parties have always used war to expand the state and limit liberty.

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Bring the troops home now.

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AFGHAN WAR TO ESCALATE
30,000 more troops; pullout begins mid-2011

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Obama’s simultaneous escalation of the war effort and presentation of an exit plan reflects the divisions that emerged within his administration during the strategy review and the difficult politics he faces in selling his plan at home and abroad. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and other senior officials who participated in that review, sometimes in opposition to one another, watched his speech from the front row of the academy’s Eisenhower Hall.

As details of his strategy emerged Tuesday, some Republicans accused Obama of aiding the Taliban insurgency by setting a date to begin a withdrawal, even though administration officials said the pace will be determined by the country’s security and political stability. Democrats criticized Obama for an expensive, if time-limited, expansion of an unpopular conflict at a time of economic hardship at home. …”

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“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

~H. L. Mencken

 

Dr. Strangelove – President & Russian President

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“Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom. “

~Friedrich August von Hayek

Glenn Beck-06/08/10-A

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Glenn Beck really surprised me with this show on Hayek and his book the Road To Serfdom and Thomas E. Woods as a guest.

I had just finished a post on a Tom Wood’s entitlements speech.

As a classical liberal I am a great admirer of both Friedrich A. Hayek and his teacher Ludwig von Mises.

Glenn, time for a show on Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.

Tom Woods, Robert Higgs,  Robert P. Murphy, and Lew Rockwell would be excellent guests on the ideas of these late great economists.

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“There is simply no other choice than this: either to abstain from interference in the free play of the market, or to delegate the entire management of production and distribution to the government. Either capitalism or socialism: there exists no middle way.”

~Ludwig von Mises

 

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“…The Road to Serfdom is a book written by Friedrich von Hayek (recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974) which transformed the landscape of political thought in the 20th century, shifting the terms of debate for millions of people across the political spectrum.[1][2] The Road to Serfdom is among the most influential and popular expositions of classical liberalism and libertarianism.

The title refers to economic and political policies which the author believes to invariably lead to the socio-economic condition known as “serfdom.”

The book was originally published by Routledge Press in March 1944 in the UK and then by the University of Chicago Press in September 1944. A condensed version of the book written by Max Eastman was then published as the lead article in the April issue of Reader’s Digest, with a press run of several million copies. This condensed version was then offered as a Book of the Month selection with a press run of over 600,000 copies. In February 1945 a picture-book version was published in Look magazine, later made into a pamphlet and distributed by General Motors. The book has been translated into approximately 20 languages and is dedicated to “The socialists of all parties.” The introduction to the 50th anniversary edition is written by Milton Friedman (another recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics 1976). In 2007, the University of Chicago Press put out a “Definitive Edition.” In total the book has sold over two million copies.[3] …”

“…

Libertarian critics

Libertarian economist Walter Block has observed critically that while the The Road to Serfdom makes a strong case against centrally-planned economies, it appears only lukewarm in its support of a free market system and laissez-faire capitalism, with Hayek even going so far as to say that “probably nothing has done so much harm to the liberal cause as the wooden insistence of some liberals on certain rules of thumb, above all the principle of laissez-faire capitalism.” In the book, Hayek writes that the government has a role to play in the economy through the monetary system (a view that he later withdrew[19]), work-hours regulation, social welfare, and institutions for the flow of proper information. Through analysis of this and many other of Hayek’s works, Block asserts that: “in making the case against socialism, Hayek was led into making all sort of compromises with what otherwise appeared to be his own philosophical perspective—so much so, that if a system was erected on the basis of them, it would not differ too sharply from what this author explicitly opposed.”[20]

Gordon Tullock has argued Hayek’s analysis predicted totalitarian governments in much of Europe in the late 20th century. He uses Sweden, in which the government at that time controlled 63 percent of GNP, as an example to support his argument that the basic problem with The Road to Serfdom is “that it offered predictions which turned out to be false. The steady advance of government in places such as Sweden has not led to any loss of non-economic freedoms.” While criticizing Hayek, Tullock still praises the classical liberal notion of economic freedom, saying, “Arguments for political freedom are strong, as are the arguments for economic freedom. We needn’t make one set of arguments depend on the other.”[21] However, according to Robert Skidelsky, Hayek “safeguarded himself from such retrospective refutation.” Skidelsky argues that Hayek’s argument was contingent, and that, “By the 1970s there was some evidence of the slippery slope…and then there was Thatcher. Hayek’s warning played a critical part in her determination to ‘roll back the state.'”[22] …”

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Obama’s New New Deal: As bad as the old new deal?

The Truth About the Great Depression (by Thomas DiLorenzo)

Robert Higgs on Hoover’s Great Depression Policies ?

The Great Depression and the Current Recession (Robert Higgs)

“Robert Higgs is an American economist of the Austrian School and a libertarian anarchist. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute and is an adjunct faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation. Mr. Higgs is also a regular contributor to LewRockwell.com.

His writings in economics and economic history have most often focused on the causes, means, and effects of government growth. Some of the books he has authored include, Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government; Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11, and Depression, War and Cold War: Studies in Political Economy. He is also the editor of the collections, Re-Thinking Green: Alternatives to Environmental Bureaucracy; The Challenge of Liberty: Classical Liberalism Today; and Opposing the Crusader State: Alternatives to Global Interventionism.”

80 Years Later: Parallels Between 1929 and 2009

 

 

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Keynesian Economics Is Wrong: Bigger Gov’t Is Not Stimulus

 

Obama’s So-Called Stimulus: Good For Government, Bad For the Economy

Ron Paul: Obama Stimulus Package Will Turn Recession Into Depression

 

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 “The comparatively greater prosperity of the United States is an outcome of the fact that the New Deal did not come in 1900 or 1910, but only in 1933.”

~Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom, page 136.

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“The cyclical fluctuations of business are not an occurrence originating in the sphere of the unhampered market, but a product of government interference with business conditions designed to lower the rate of interest below the height at which the free market would have fixed it.”

~Ludwig von Mises, Human Action, pages 562 and 565.

Among liberal and progressive radical socialists the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt was and is now considered one of the top three greatest Presidents that ever lived in the same class as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Read American historians, who also are mostly liberals and progressives and whose knowledge of economics is as limited or even more limited than President Roosevelt, they too believe in the greatness of FDR.

This legend is the biggest myth or more precisely lie ever told and endless repeated.

Franklin D. Roosevelt was simply the worse President the United States has ever had in terms of the impact his economic policies had on the American economy and American people.

If you doubt this, I strongly recommend you read all of the above books.

What is so disturbing and very dangerous is that one of Barack Obama Presidential role models is Franklin Roosevelt.

President Obama  has surrounded himself with economic and political advisors who are progressive radical socialists that actually believe that repeating FDR’s economic policies would be a good for the country.

Thus the massive bailouts, stimulus packages, massive budget deficits, huge increases in the national debt, proposed new tax increases including the Cap and Trade Energy Tax,  letting the Bush tax cuts expire in 2010, and the new health care bill forcing people to buy health insurance or pay a tax fine.

Barack Obama and Franklin D. Roosevelt have many characteristics in common.

Both were educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities.

Both were excellent readers of prepared speeches.

Both were habitual liars.

Both were great believers in class warfare on businesses and the rich with very high progressive  income tax rates while at the same time imposing  hidden very regressive excise taxes on low and middle income Americans.

Both were ignorant of economics. job and wealth creation

Both destroyed jobs and wrecked the U.S. economy.

Good intentions are not enough.

Results count.

President Obama is intentionally repeating the economic mistakes of President Roosevelt that will destroy both free market capitalism and democracy and lead to a totalitarian command and control socialist economy.

I hope President Obama fails early and often and is a one term President that in the process destroys the Democratic Party of progressive radical socialists.

With over 25,000,000 Americans seeking fully time employment, repeating the mistakes of Keynesian government interventist economic policies that have repeatedly failed in country after country will only prolong the duration of the  Obama Depression.

Republican and Democratic Presidents, in the past and present, Hoover and Roosevelt, and Bush and Obama, have failed the American people by implementing massive government intervention in the free market capitalist economy.

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Thomas Sowell – Obama’s Economic Policy

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

~George Santayana

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Scholar survey results

Green backgrounds indicate top quartile. Red backgrounds indicate bottom quartile.

No  ↓ President  ↓ Schlesinger 1948 poll rank  ↓ Schlesinger 1962 poll rank  ↓ 1982 Murray-Blessing survey  ↓ Chicago Tribune 1982 poll rank  ↓ Siena 1982 poll rank  ↓ Siena 1990 poll rank  ↓ Siena 1994 poll rank  ↓ Ridings- McIver 1996 poll rank  ↓ CSPAN 1999 poll rank  ↓ Wall Street Journal 2000 poll rank  ↓ Siena 2002 poll rank  ↓ Wall Street Journal 2005 poll rank  ↓ CSPAN 2009 poll rank  ↓
Total in survey 29 31 36 38 39 40 41 41 41 39 42 40 42
01 Washington George Washington 02 02 03 03 04 04 04 03 03 01 04 01 02
02 Adams, John John Adams 09 10 09 14 (tie) 10 14 12 14 16 13 12 13 17
03 Jeff Thomas Jefferson 05 05 04 05 02 03 05 04 07 04 05 04 07
04 Mad James Madison 14 12 14 17 09 08 09 10 18 15 09 17 20
05 Mon James Monroe 12 18 15 16 15 11 15 13 14 16 08 16 14
06 Adams, John Q John Quincy Adams 11 13 16 19 17 16 17 18 19 20 17 25 19
07 Jack Andrew Jackson 06 06 07 06 13 09 11 08 13 06 13 10 13
08 Van B Martin Van Buren 15 17 20 18 21 21 22 21 30 23 24 27 31
09 Harrison, W William Henry Harrison  –  –  – 38 26 35 28 35 37  – 36  – 39
10 Tyle John Tyler 22 25 28 29 34 33 34 34 36 34 37 35 35
11 Polk James K. Polk 10 08 12 11 12 13 14 11 12 10 11 09 12
12 Tay Zachary Taylor 25 24 27 28 29 34 33 29 28 31 34 33 29
13 Fil Millard Fillmore 24 26 29 31 32 32 35 36 35 35 38 36 37
14 Pier Franklin Pierce 27 28 31 35 35 36 37 37 39 37 39 38 40
15 Buc James Buchanan 26 29 33 36 37 38 39 40 41 39 41 40 42
16 Linc Abraham Lincoln 01 01 01 01 03 02 02 01 01 02 02 02 01
17 Johnson, A Andrew Johnson 19 23 32 32 38 39 40 39 40 36 42 37 41
18 Gran Ulysses S. Grant 28 30 35 30 36 37 38 38 33 32 35 29 23
19 Hay Rutherford B. Hayes 13 14 22 22 22 23 24 25 26 22 27 24 33
20 Gar James Garfield  –  –  – 33 25 30 26 30 29  – 33  – 28
21 Art Chester A. Arthur 17 21 26 24 24 26 27 28 32 26 30 26 32
22/24 Cle Grover Cleveland 08 11 17 13 18 17 19 16 17 12 20 12 21
23 Harrison, B Benjamin Harrison 21 20 23 25 31 29 30 31 31 27 32 30 30
25 McK William McKinley 18 15 18 10 19 19 18 17 15 14 19 14 16
26 Roosevelt, T Theodore Roosevelt 07 07 05 04 05 05 03 05 04 05 03 05 04
27 Taf William Howard Taft 16 16 19 20 20 20 21 20 24 19 21 20 24
28 Wilson Woodrow Wilson 04 04 06 07 06 06 06 06 06 11 06 11 09
29 Harding Warren G. Harding 29 31 36 37 39 40 41 41 38 37 40 39 38
30 Cool Calvin Coolidge 23 27 30 27 30 31 36 33 27 25 29 23 26
31 Hoov Herbert Hoover 20 19 21 21 27 28 29 24 34 29 31 31 34
32 Roosevelt, F Franklin D. Roosevelt 03 03 02 02 01 01 01 02 02 03 01 03 03
33 Truman Harry S. Truman  – 09 08 08 07 07 07 07 05 07 07 07 05
34 Eisen Dwight D. Eisenhower  – 22 11 09 11 12 08 09 09 09 10 08 08
35 Kennedy, J John F. Kennedy  –  – 13 14 (tie) 08 10 10 15 08 18 14 15 06
36 Johnson, L Lyndon B. Johnson  –  – 10 12 14 15 13 12 11 17 15 18 11
37 Nix Richard Nixon  –  – 34 34 28 25 23 32 25 33 26 32 27
38 Ford, G Gerald R. Ford  –  – 24 23 23 27 32 27 23 28 28 28 22
39 Carter Jimmy Carter  –  – 25 26 33 24 25 19 22 30 25 34 25
40 Reagan Ronald Reagan  –  –  –  – 16 22 20 26 10 08 16 06 10
41 Bush, George H George H. W. Bush  –  –  –  –  – 18 31 22 20 21 22 21 18
42 Clinton, B Bill Clinton  –  –  –  –  –  – 16 23 21 24 18 22 15
43 Bush, George W George W. Bush  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – 23 19 36
44 Obama Barack Obama  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –

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“It is time for economists and historians to take seriously the hypothesis that the New Deal prolonged the Great Depression by creating an extraordinarily high degree of regime uncertainty in the minds of investors. …”  

~Robert Higgs

http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_01_4_higgs.pdf 

  

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What Caused the Great Depression?

“Many advocates of interventionism are bewildered when one tells them that in recommending interventionism they themselves are fostering antidemocratic and dictorial tendencies and the establishment of totalitarian socialism. They protest that they are sincere believers in democracy and opposed to tyranny and socialism. What they aim at is only the improvement of the conditions of the poor. They say that they are driven by consideration of social justice and favor a fairer distribution of income precisely because they are intent upon preserving capitalism and its political corollary or superstructure, viz., democratic government.

What these people fail to recognize is that the various measures they suggest are not capable of bringing about the beneficial results aimed at. On the contrary they produce a state of affairs which from the point of view of their advocates is worse than the previous state which they were designed to alter. If the government, face with this failure of its first intervention, is not prepared to undo its interference with the market and to return to a free economy, it must add to its first measure more and more regulations and restrictions. Then socialism of the German pattern, the Zwangswirtschaft of the Nazis, emerges. …”

~Ludwig von Mises, Planned Chaos, page 23.

 

 

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Regime Uncertainty

Why the Great Depression Lasted

So Long and Why Prosperity

Resumed after the War

By Robert Higgs 

“…To narrow the concept of business confidence, I adopt the interpretationthat businesspeople may be more or less “uncertain about the regime,” by which I mean, distressed that investors’ private property rights in their capital and the income it yields will be attenuated further by government action. 

Such attenuations can arise from many sources, ranging from simple tax-rate increases to the imposition of new kinds of taxes to outright confiscation of private property. Many intermediate threats can arise from various sorts of regulation, for instance, of securities markets, labor markets, and product markets. In any event, the security of private property rights rests not so much on the letter of the law as on the character of the government that enforces, or threatens, presumptive rights. …” 

“…From 1935 through 1940, with Roosevelt and the ardent New Dealerswho surrounded him in full cry, private investors dared not risk their funds inthe amounts typical of the late 1920s. In 1945 and 1946, with Roosevelt dead, the New Deal in retreat, and most of the wartime controls being removed, investors came out in force. To be sure, the federal government had become, and would remain, a much more powerful force to be reckoned with (Higgs 1987; Hughes 1991). But the government no longer seemed to possess the terrifying potential that businesspeople had perceived before the war. For investors, the nightmare was over. For the economy, once more, prosperity was possible.” 

http://www.independent.org/pdf/tir/tir_01_4_higgs.pdf

  

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The Great Depression and the Current Recession (Robert Higgs)

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Robert Higgs
Senior Fellow in Political Economy

“…Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy for The Independent Institute and Editor of the Institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and he has taught at the University of Washington, Lafayette College, Seattle University, and the University of Economics, Prague. He has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University, and a fellow for the Hoover Institution and the National Science Foundation. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gary Schlarbaum Award for Lifetime Defense of Liberty, Thomas Szasz Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Cause of Civil Liberties, Lysander Spooner Award for Advancing the Literature of Liberty, Friedrich von Wieser Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economic Education, and Templeton Honor Rolls Award on Education in a Free Society. 

Dr. Higgs is the editor of The Independent Institute books Opposing the Crusader State, The Challenge of Liberty, Re-Thinking Green, Hazardous to Our Health? and Arms, Politics, and the Economy, plus the volume Emergence of the Modern Political Economy

Bob is also the author of Depression, War, and Cold War, available in April 2009 in a new paperback edition, and Neither Liberty Nor Safety, Politická ekonomie strachu (The Political Economy of Fear, in Czech), Resurgence of the Warfare State, Against Leviathan, The Transformation of the American Economy 1865-1914, Competition and Coercion, and Crisis and Leviathan. A contributor to numerous scholarly volumes, he is the author of more than 100 articles and reviews in academic journals.  …”

http://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=489

Robert Higgs

“…Robert Higgs (born 1 February 1944) is an American economist of the Austrian School and a libertarian anarchist. His writings in economics and economic history have most often focused on the causes, means, and effects of government growth.

He is a Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute (since September 1994), and is editor of Independent Review (since 1995).[1] He is an adjunct faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises Institute[2] and is an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute.[3] Higgs is also a contributor to LewRockwell.com.[4]

Higgs has held teaching positions at University of Washington, Lafayette College, and Seattle University. He has also been a visiting scholar at Oxford University and Stanford University. Higgs held a visiting professorship at the University of Economics, Prague in 2006,[1] and has supervised dissertations in the Ph.D. program at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.[5] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Higgs

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