I Truly Miss the Clarity of the Great Robert Higgs: A Real Man of Freedom
“Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.
In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.
Robert Higgs–Partial quote from “The State Is Too Dangerous to Tolerate”
Robert Higgs, as far as I know, is retired and living somewhere in Mexico after deciding some years ago to leave the U.S. in favor of a “freer country that does not threaten the world.” This distinction is very important, in that it is not that there is an existing utopia, or perfectly free country, but that there are other countries that have some or more freedoms, or at least have a government that does not have the means to totally dominate the people. The U.S. however, does have the means. It has extensive monetary control, the military might, the massive surveillance state, a seemingly unending number of government employees , bureaucracies, and enforcement units, and an unlimited ability to control large numbers of people, whether due to massive propaganda campaigns, economic fascism, media control, and brute force if deemed necessary. After all, the United States is the largest, most aggressive, most powerful, and most deadly of any empire that has ever existed on earth. This can only lead to an incredibly dangerous totalitarian end unless it could be somehow dismantled or vastly weakened. At this point, this seems a pipedream.
Professor Higgs spoke of this years ago from the U.S. military standpoint, explaining that the Pentagon has a term that it uses called “Full spectrum Dominance,” which means that the military are continuously researching and developing technology to control completely the air, land, sea, and space. In other w
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