Delusions of Power: New Explorations of the State, War, and Economy
In Delusions of Power, renowned economist and historian Robert Higgs calls into question our ingrained notions concerning the nature of government and political power. Higgs uproots the foundation stone upon which the state’s powers have rested and grown unchecked by the public. Beginning with the Founding Fathers and moving forward, Higgs reassesses the world wars, the Great Depression and the New Deal, and the financial debacle that began in 2008, demonstrating Americans’ loss of economic and civil liberties. He brings together the crisis in policymaking; key political actors and events; and the impact of war on the economy and liberties. For Higgs, war and its costs have had a major impact on American life, law, and freedom.