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Crisis and Liberty: The Expansion of Government Power in American History - MP3 CD

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An Extended Seminar with Robert Higgs

These 17 hours of lectures are a comprehensive course on the changing role of government in the economic life of the American people during the past 250 years, taught by a modern master in the field. Professor Robert Higgs (senior fellow at the Independent Institute), lecturing at the Mises Institute, covers economic, political, and ideological changes from the Colonial Period to our own, that have redefined our conception of what it means to be free.

Higgs is the leading historian of rise of power and its connection to real and manufactured crisis. His book Crisis and Leviathan broke new ground in American historiography, while his more than 100 other scholarly works take a close look at many episodes in American history and their impact on economic liberty. Editor of the Independent Reviewand an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute, Professor Higgs is also an engaging teacher who combines vast knowledge with clear explanation—-the very model of the professor of history you always wanted.

In these lectures, Higgs discusses:
* the growth of the size, scope, and power of government
* the centralization of government
* the political economy of government's growth

Here you learn the economics and politics of who did what, when, why, and how to bring about the vast growth of government involvement in economic and social life. The course thoroughly explores the changing ideological underpinnings of the political economy, especially the decline of classical liberalism and the rise of various strains of collectivist ideology.

The lectures present a far more irreverent interpretation of political and government actors and of government actions than one finds in the standard textbooks. The treatment of the state is far more realistic, and less idolatrous of the civic religion, than you will get in a conventional classroom. Nearly all U.S. presidents, for example, are revealed to have been fools or charlatans, or worse.

The course is intended to strip away what amounts to the apologies for government's crimes that infect the bulk of the history written and taught. These lectures offer a completely different view of history, one for free men and women, not for subjects of the all-powerful state.

The lectures are delivered in a systematic but informal style, peppered with laughter and asides. No specialized background is necessary to understand them, yet students at various levels of historical and economic knowledge will find something of interest in them. The lectures combine the presentation of useful analytical frameworks and the presentation of quantitative, anecdotal, and other factual evidence. The audience includes everyone from advanced high-school students to professors--there's something here for everybody.

Ten high quality MP3 audio files on one compact disc, in jewel case with two comprehensive bibliographies in PDF by Robert Higgs and Joseph Stromberg. Total running time: 17 hours.


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by Matt Hisrich
on 2/22/2010
from Richmond, IN
Audio tape review
As with the other reviewer, I found the audio quality leaves something to be desired. Turn up the volume enough to hear Higgs, though, and the content will be well worth your time and patience. Higgs should hold the same place in the hearts of libertarians and anarchists as Howard Zinn does for leftists - with the exception, of course, that Higgs actually cites sources to back up his claims. This is a comprehensive retelling of American history, and you cannot make it through these lectures and retain a grade school view of the role of government. 
by Michael
on 9/30/2009
from Frazier Park
CD review.
Content is fine.  Sound Quality is not completely aweful, but it is not good.  Much background noise and (possibly?) recording equipment hum/noise.  The lecturer's voice is audible above the cacophony of interference, but it is not a pleasure to listen to.

Looking forward to more - and higher quality - audio content at Mises.  
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ISBN 9781933550855
UPC 1933550856
Publisher LvMI
Publication Date 2010
Type MP3
Run Time 17 hours
Packaging Case or Paper Sleeve

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