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Resurgence of the warfare state : the crisis since 9/11

Author: Robert Higgs; Independent Institute (Oakland, Calif.)
Publisher: Oakland, CA : Independent Institute, ©2005.
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Exploring the politics and morality that pulled the United States into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, this collection of essays, stories, and satirical pieces lambasts the highest officials in the executive branch for incompetence and moral blindness. Analyses of both wars and the crisis following 9/11 portray the conflicts as opportunities for special interests to entrench themselves in the U.S. government at the  Read more...
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Higgs, Robert.
Resurgence of the warfare state.
Oakland, CA : Independent Institute, ©2005
(OCoLC)649590340
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Higgs; Independent Institute (Oakland, Calif.)
ISBN: 0945999569 9780945999560
OCLC Number: 60188092
Description: xv, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part I. Crisis and leviathan, again --
Glory days for government --
Crisis policymaking --
Wake up to the law of the ratchet --
Every step we take Crisis-induced losses of liberties --
Wartime curbs on liberty are costless? (It just ain't so!) --
Benefits and costs of the U.S. government's war making --
Part II. Airport (in)security --
Federal oversight won't improve airport security --
The pretense of airport security --
Part III. The Draft --
Will the draft rise from the dead? --
Censored mail --
Part IV. The political economy of the military-industrial-congressional complex --
The cold war --
U.S. national security --
The government needs to get its own accounting house in order --
Nation trembles as Congress reassembles --
If we're really in danger, why doesn't the government act as if we're in danger? --
Free enterprise and war, a dangerous liaison --
War prosperity --
Suppose you wanted to have a permanent war --
How does the war party get away with it? --
The defense budget is bigger than you think --
Part V. Bush and the Bushies --
The president is reading a book, I'm afraid --
George Bush's faith-based foreign policy --
On crackpot realism --
Camelot and the Bushies --
Is Bush unhinged? --
Part VI. The road to war --
Iraq and the United States --
Helplessly, we await the catastrophe our rulers are creating --
To make war, presidents lie --
Saddam Hussein can't blackmail us with a fissionable softball --
Why the rush to war? --
Paul Craig Roberts interviews Robert Higgs on war and liberty --
Nuke France --
Part VII. Slaughtering the innocent --
Collateral damage --
Military precision versus moral precision --
Some are weeping, some are not --
Are pro-war libertarians right? --
Not exactly an eye for an eye --
Defense of your home is not terrorism, not even in Iraq --
What's so special about those killed by hijackers on September 11, 2001? --
The Crimes at Abu Ghraib are not the worst --
Has the U.S. government committed war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq? --
Part VIII. Cake walk --
WMD blues --
Taking stock one year after the U.S. invasion of Iraq --
Can bullets and bombs establish justice in Iraq? --
Bush's Iraq war --
The Iraq War --
a catastrophic success.
Responsibility: Robert Higgs.
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Exploring the politics and morality that pulled the United States into wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, this collection of essays, stories, and satirical pieces lambasts the highest officials in the executive branch for incompetence and moral blindness. Analyses of both wars and the crisis following 9/11 portray the conflicts as opportunities for special interests to entrench themselves in the U.S. government at the expense of U.S. citizens' civil liberties and tax dollars, and the lives of numerous Afghan and Iraqi non-combatants. Pulling no punches, this work holds George W. Bush and members of his cabinet accountable for acts that would have been prosecutable were the defendants in question not government entities.

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