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Offering a powerful interpretation of U.S. political economy from the early-1930s to the end of the Cold War, this resource refutes many popular myths about the Great Depression and New Deal, the World War II economy, and the postwar national-security state that is still so pervasive today. What accounts for the extraordinary duration of the Great Depression? How did the w ...more
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Published May 1st 2009 by Independent Institute (first published January 1st 2006)
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May 05, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
There’s a story that most Americans of my and later generations have grown up with. It goes something like this: in the late 1920’s our economy spontaneously dropped off a cliff due to an (unexplained) failure of capitalism and free enterprise. Although the situation was initially made worse by the laissez faire ideology of the Hoover administration, from 1933 onward FDR boldly enacted needed government policies to compensate for the inability of free markets to generate full employment and to s ...more
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Jul 09, 2012 Msouth rated it it was amazing
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I should say that I am not all that far into it, but I feel like I already got my money's worth just reading the beginning of the book.

Higgs is trying to disabuse the public of the idea that FDR's relentless attacks on liberty and private property were in any way useful during the Great Depression. To the contrary, he was the primary focal point of the foolish, class envy-based, reactionary policy that made the Great Depression last so long.

And he goes further--rather than accepting the widely h
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Ben Wanamaker
Jul 17, 2013 Ben Wanamaker rated it it was amazing
One of my most cherished volumes in economics and Political Economy.

A classic series of scholarly and highly accessible essays treating the assumptions given in textbooks that drive the overall logical fallacy which teaches the high outputs of government spending for wars relieves the desire for employment or safety. We discover many golden sets of raw data, extracted from the government's own recordings and archives, displaying the deficit of any evidence that government activity and contracts
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"With Roosevelt and the ardent New Dealers who surrounded him in full cry, private investors dared not risk their funds in the amounts typical of the late 1920s. In 1945 and 1946, with Roosevelt dead, the New Deal in retreat, and most of the wartime controls being removed, investors came out in force...For investors, the nightmare was over. For the economy, once more, prosperity was possible."

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Robert Higgs is an American economic historian and economist combining material from Public Choice, the New Institutional economics, and the Austrian school of economics; and a libertarian anarchist in political and legal theory and public policy. His writings in economics and economic history have most often focused on the causes, means, and effects of government power and growth.
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