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Robert Higgs


  • Originally published 08/12/2014

    Robert Higgs Discusses Effects of WWI on Tom Woods Show

    Liberty and Power

    Robert Higgs appeared on the Tom Woods radio show. Higgs discusses the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and its devastating effects on people and government.  A recording of the show is inside.

  • Originally published 07/27/2014

    Robert Higgs on the FDA and Consumer Welfare

    Liberty and Power

    On July 24, 2014 I gave a presentation at Ludwig von Mises Institute, in Auburn, Alabama on the FDA and Consumer Welfare.  Inside is the video of the presentation.

  • Originally published 07/03/2014

    Burgeoning Regulations Threaten Our Humanity

    Liberty and Power

    Insofar as mainstream economics may be said to make moral-philosophical assumptions, it rests overwhelmingly on a consequentialist-utilitarian foundation. When mainstream economists say that an action is worthwhile, they mean that it is expected to give rise to benefits whose total value exceeds its total cost (that is, the most valued benefit necessarily forgone by virtue of this particular action’s being taken). But nearly always the economists make no attempt to evaluate as part of their benefit-cost calculus any costs that might be incurred as a result of how and by whom the action is taken.

  • Originally published 06/06/2014

    Why the U.S. is Stuck With a Subpar Economy

    Liberty and Power

    Making sense of economic fluctuations can be a daunting task. The economy comprises a gigantic set of interrelated assets, inputs, processes, transactions, and outputs, and its dimensions can be and have been measured in countless ways.