Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Crisis and Liberty: The Expansion of Government Power in American History - an audio lecture series by Robert Higgs (Available for free at

Quotes and comments;

1. This is a full course of lecture; ten lectures that average around 90 minutes each. (Based roughly on the book 'Crisis and Leviathan' by Higgs.)

2. I've listened to five of the lectures; and recommend them highly.

3. I was going to add some quotes from the lectures, but I've decided not to, as I don't want to offend any seminary professors, who are still enchanted by Statism and collectivism, and still defend them.


1. I remember listening to a lecture by one seminary professor (William Edgar) who claimed the 'Right' were wrong to speak out against big government and socialism. "It wasn't the size of the State that mattered, but only the quality of the people who ran it." This was almost identical to what Keynes said. In a response to Hayek he admitted that Statism would be a nightmare if run by the 'wrong' people, but if run by the right people (his Bloomsbury crowd) there was nothing to worry about, and it could in fact lead to a utopia. (I seem to remember him talking about 'cities of wonder' or some such thing.)

- The mind boggles at such naivete. (These people understand nothing about the effects of Statism.)


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