The REAL ID Means a Real Leviathan
The annoyance of government edicts, no matter how petty, challenge my emotional equilibrium in a manner different from the various vagaries of life. Sure, I do not want to experience something such as a flat tire, but neither do I want to deal with pointless tasks required to satisfy a whim of the state, though, in the balance, the former I accept like a mosquito on a hot summer’s night, while the latter aches like a hammer to my thumb.
Robert Higgs wrote Crisis and Leviathan a dozen years before 9/11, a crisis that emboldened the indomitable Leviathan. In the book, Higgs detailed how the state uses crises to arrogate powers and abolish rights, a thesis that is even more true today. And a review of history confirms that the events government previously called crises were not existential threats; they never are. Yet, in the face of evidence, the Leviathan never releases its hold on what it has stolen.
Nine-eleven saw planes flown into buildings, a blowback from US foreign policy. The images of burning and collapsing buildings, as well as the sight of people choosing certain death from a jump over certain death from a fire, created the visuals to justify government’s every response. The majority of the citizens assembled to the call of the political trumpet and allowed, and many times e
Article from Mises Wire