Robert Higgs, Schlaurbaum laureate, delivers his address:
The state is the most destructive institution human beings have ever devised â€” a fire that, at best, can be controlled for only a short time before it o’erleaps its improvised confinements and spreads its flames far and wide.
Whatever promotes the growth of the state also weakens the capacity of individuals in civil society to fend off the state’s depredations and therefore augments the public’s multifaceted victimization at the hands of state functionaries. Nothing promotes the growth of the state as much as national emergency â€” war and other crises comparable to war in the seriousness of the threats they pose. FULL ARTICLE