Thursday, December 13, 2018

Neither Liberty nor Safety - Robert Higgs

"Fear is the most elemental and powerful human emotion," so says Dr. Higgs (during an interview posted to YouTube in 2009).  He elaborates that, with fear, people act instinctively rather than rationally--which is why the state is ever and always using it.  

It is not the conduct of the state so much as the capacity and capability to cause pain in the individual's life, projected or protracted to the public, society.  One recurring condition (causing fear) is a crisis   He writes in On Crisis and Government Expansion:
We know that other great crisis will come. Whether they will 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.... When they do, governments almost certainly will gain new powers over economics and social affairs. 
Given this cycle (or crisis...fear), what becomes of you, me and us?  
Can anyone really have a fulfilling life if constantly or continuously faced with fear?  Is Liberty or Safety possible under these conditions?   
No, not at all.     

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