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Robert Higgs presents a series of ten formal lectures on topics of American history that examine the role of crisis, emergency management, and the military in the emergence of the Leviathan state and diminution of liberty. Recorded June 23-27, 2003.
Bibliography (PDF): Mises.org/CLBib

Crisis and Liberty: The Expansion of Government Power in American History Robert Higgs

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Robert Higgs presents a series of ten formal lectures on topics of American history that examine the role of crisis, emergency management, and the military in the emergence of the Leviathan state and diminution of liberty. Recorded June 23-27, 2003.
Bibliography (PDF): Mises.org/CLBib

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 1

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 1

    The growth of government power in American history has been by creating emergencies that then necessitate a ratcheting up of centralized power and war. Crisis & Leviathan by Higgs is a prime resource for this topic.

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 2

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 2

    The role of ideology in the growth of government is required as intellectual cover for what is done regardless of the government form (e.g. monarchy or socialism). For example, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. played such an intellectual role.

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 3

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 3

    State and local levels of government were more burdensome to people in the early stages of our country than federal levels. The national government mainly received revenue through tariffs and land sales.

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 4

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 4

    Government was different in the 19th Century, but not as starkly different as some people believe. The 20th Century was the Progressive Era. Foreign policy went from staying out of European quarrels to policing the world whether the world desired policing or not. Unchecked government intervention became the rule.

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 5

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 5

    WWI was the culmination of progressivism. It was possible to impose prohibition. The creation of the Fed and the passage of an income tax allowed warfare socialism to rage and liberties to be lost.

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 6

    Crisis and Liberty: Lecture 6

    The New Deal was not as widely popular as many stories about FDR might suggest. The Depression began about midway through 1929. Prices fell for four years. Unemployment was as high as it had ever been, and for a long time. Construction work disappeared.

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Shaolin Ninja ,

To other reviewer:

There are a million institutes dedicated to the "apolitical" bipartisan status quo. The Mises Institute is a free market school dedicated to libertarian theory. How many of these schools exist? I can count 'em on one hand. If you want something else, shop elsewhere...LOL....

Bigshotprof ,

If you want this you already have it

I am wondering what dearth of available instruction created the classroom vacuum into which this person was sucked. I got halfway through the second lecture and had had enough. There is fascinating subject matter to explore here, but he wastes his students' time on rambling self-serving generalizations that support his political opinion. I teach political issues in college and struggle to keep my own political positions from dominating the conversation. I probably fail at times, but at least I recognize the need to try. Highs on the other hand is happy to waste hours of students' time beating a dead federal horse.

Don't take my word for it. Instead, download the first lecture, get a pad and attempt to take notes like you would in the lecture hall. See how that goes. It won't take long.

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