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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 Atwoods 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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Fighting Big War on Terror.
“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
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