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PostSubject: Coronacrisis and Leviathan   Coronacrisis and Leviathan Icon_minitimeSun Mar 22, 2020 2:45 am

In his magisterial Crisis and LeviathanRobert Higgs shows that the growth of government in the twentieth century can largely be explained by patterns of crisis and response. These crises can be real (World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, stagflation) or imagined (inequality, the various isms). In either case new government programs, agencies, and policies are established, purportedly as temporary responses to the perceived emergency. But, as Higgs shows with rich historical detail, most of the temporary measures become permanent—either explicitly or in a revised form based on the original.

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As I summarized Higgs’s thesis in an earlier paper:

https://blog.independent.org/2020/03/21/coronacrisis-and-leviathan/
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