Scott Horton Interviews Robert Higgs

Scott Horton, August 13, 2009

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Robert Higgs, senior fellow at the Independent Institute and author of Depression, War and Cold War, discusses the archaic concept of demobilizing the military after a war, the end of staunch U.S. anti-interventionism, how the Korean War budget was partly diverted to a general cold-war buildup and the resemblance of U.S. defense spending to a politically untouchable welfare program.

MP3 here. (27:33)

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. 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.

His authored books include Neither Liberty Nor Safety, Depression, War, and Cold War, 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.

4 Responses to “Robert Higgs”

  1. Robert Higgs is easily one of the greatest economists of the 20th century!
    Everyone should read his stuff at independent.org; here's a sample:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/opinion/story/73090.ht

  2. [...] Anatomy of the Warfare State Robert Higgs interviewed by Scott Horton [...]

  3. Great interview, guys.

    It sounds like having the capability to murder hundreds of thousands of civilians at a time is quite intoxicating, once you experience it.

    Nevermind that the U.S. Government and its partners helped incubate all of the mass murderers since WWI.

    Collectivists never stop attacking liberty.

  4. I can tell hhow much Scott Horton respects Robert Higgs, as do I. Thanks.

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