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    The Politics of Fear

    This is a review of Robert Higgs's 1987 book, Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government.

    The Politics of Fear

    ...By surveying the effect of wars, financial panics, and other crises over the course of a century, Higgs showed that most government growth occurs in sporadic bursts during emergencies, when politicians enact “temporary” programs and regulations that never get fully abolished. New Deal bureaucracies and subsidies persisted long after the Great Depression, for example, and the U.S. military didn’t revert to its prewar size after either of the world wars.

    Besides charting the growth of government, Higgs identified the fundamental psychological cause. He recognized the political significance of the negativity effect, also called the negativity bias—the universal tendency of negative events and emotions to affect us more strongly than positive ones.

    ...“To tell people not to be afraid is to give them advice that they cannot take,” Higgs wrote. “Our evolved physiological makeup disposes us to fear all sorts of actual and potential threats, even those that exist only in our imagination. The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature. They exploit it, and they cultivate it.” Rulers instinctively heed Machiavelli’s advice: “It is much safer to be feared than loved”—a sixteenth-century formulation of the negativity effect.

    “Without popular fear, no government could endure more than twenty-four hours,” Higgs wrote....
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    The democrats run on the politics of fear and push their agenda on the politics of fear, everything is a huge catastrophe except what they want...like millions of illegals that cost us billions and commit crimes...open border so drugs can get here easier and criminals can go back and forth at will

    Plus of course allowing men in womens bathrooms with little girls is absolutely not a problem..man i could go on and on
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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    Well, Republicans often use war like with 911 to expand government. Democrats too. Biden supported Bush going to Iraq.
    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    Libertarians are too silly to take serious. The blog liked below takes them apart for the interested reader who stopped believing in the tooth fairy long ago. Spoiled children who think they understand the world imho.

    http://rustbeltphilosophy.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Libertarians are too silly to take serious. The blog liked below takes them apart for the interested reader who stopped believing in the tooth fairy long ago. Spoiled children who think they understand the world imho.

    http://rustbeltphilosophy.blogspot.com

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    http://web.inter.nl.net/users/Paul.T...bertarian.html
    blog? Don't you ever some up with your own ideas and post them?
    But really.............a blog?
    hahahahahahahahahaha
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    Quote Originally Posted by midcan5 View Post
    Libertarians are too silly to take serious. The blog liked below takes them apart for the interested reader who stopped believing in the tooth fairy long ago. Spoiled children who think they understand the world imho.

    http://rustbeltphilosophy.blogspot.com

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    http://web.inter.nl.net/users/Paul.T...bertarian.html
    Nice ad hom. 2 points. Dismissed for the BS you post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Nice ad hom. 2 points. Dismissed for the BS you post.
    Can’t take a challenge can you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Common View Post
    The democrats run on the politics of fear and push their agenda on the politics of fear, everything is a huge catastrophe except what they want...like millions of illegals that cost us billions and commit crimes...open border so drugs can get here easier and criminals can go back and forth at will

    Plus of course allowing men in womens bathrooms with little girls is absolutely not a problem..man i could go on and on
    The Democrats run on the politics of getting rid of the far right-wing that have torn this country apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Well, Republicans often use war like with 911 to expand government. Democrats too. Biden supported Bush going to Iraq.
    Everybody but one supported war over 911. You had to WANT to go to Iraq or you were soon labeled unpatriotic by the far right media.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet57 View Post
    The Democrats run on the politics of getting rid of the far right-wing that have torn this country apart.
    Oh, bullsh!t..............................
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