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War On Terror Complex
Campus Report ^ | January 9, 2008 | Amanda Busse

Posted on 01/09/2008 11:13:44 AM PST by bs9021

War on Terror Complex

by: Amanda Busse, January 09, 2008

The War on Terror is yet another example of the state using a national emergency to promote its own growth, according to Robert Higgs, a Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute.

“The so-called war on terror has given rise to a huge industry that has emerged almost from scratch during the past few years,” Higgs writes in The Free Market, a newsletter published by the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. The title of the article, “The Siren Song of the State,” refers to Margaret Atwood’s poem Siren Song. In the poem, Atwood compares herself to the sirens of ancient-Greek mythology: deadly bird-women who sang so beautifully that they could lure mariners onto their island to eat them.

Just as the siren is naturally hungry, Higgs claims that the American government is naturally greedy, inciting wars in order to promote the goals of its leaders. He then applies this theory to the war in the Middle East. “Foreign policy in the Middle East, driven in large part by financial, industrial, and banking interests, resulted in the ‘blowback’ of terrorist acts against this country,” Higgs stated. “The government then responded as if this emergency had come out of the blue, again enlarging its size, scope, and power ostensibly in actions to deal with the emergency, which in fact its own prior policies had rendered more or less inevitable.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bureaucracy; limitedgovernment; taxes; waronterror

1 posted on 01/09/2008 11:13:45 AM PST by bs9021
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To: bs9021

Fighting Big War on Terror.


2 posted on 01/09/2008 11:16:03 AM PST by AU72
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To: bs9021

“The War on Terror is yet another example of the state using a national emergency to promote its own growth, according to Robert Higgs, a Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute.”

Tell that to the 3000 people who were murdered on 911. I am as anti-big government


3 posted on 01/09/2008 11:31:05 AM PST by Tulane
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To: bs9021
The Ludwig von Mises Institute is the research and educational center of classical liberalism and the Austrian School of economics.

From google of "Ludwig von Mises Institute"

4 posted on 01/09/2008 12:32:09 PM PST by Edgerunner (If you won't let the military fight your battles, you will have to. Keep your powder dry...)
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