Posts by Robert Higgs
Robert Higgs is Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, author or editor of over fourteen Independent books, and Editor at Large of Independent’s quarterly journal The Independent Review.

Full Biography and Recent Publications
Johns Hopkins University: Launching Pad for My Fifty Years as a Professional Economist

Reflections on the university that bred success and sound economic thinking.

The Balance of International Payments Is Economic Nonsense

The nation-based “balance of international payments” accounting system is misleading and nonsensical.

On Coming to Grips with the Nature of the State

There is a critical disconnect between the ivory-tower conceptions and the reality of the modern state.

FinCEN Form 114—I’m Not the Criminal Here

FinCEN Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, is a mandatory report to the U.S. Treasury Department and is inherently intrusive.

U.S. War Making: What’s in It for You?

You pay for all of this endless death and destruction but you get less than nothing out of it.

Think Twice about Bringing Back U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

People purport to want to bring back jobs in factories.

Statism’s First Casualty Is the Truthful Use of Language

Behind virtually every government proposal, program, or project, we find a misuse of language.

Economic Equality—Socialism’s Unattainable, Undesirable Pie in the Sky

Socialism’s greatest appeal springs from its promise of economic equality.

Against the Whole Concept and Construction of the Balance of International Payments

The best thing that could ever happen in regard to the public’s understanding of international trade and financial flows would be for the balance of international payments to simply disappear.

On Socialism’s Rhetorical Appeal

That so many young people in the West now regard socialism as the most desirable form of political economy is a tragedy in the making.

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