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The Politics of Fear

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Posted By: StormCnter, 5/23/2020 3:10:15 PM

In the political response to the Covid-19 pandemic, everything is proceeding just as economist Robert Higgs has foreseen. But that doesn’t make it any easier for him to watch it. “I have an overwhelming feeling that I am reliving a bad experience I’ve lived through several times before, only this time it’s worse,” Higgs says. “I have no doubt that even if the current situation plays out in the best imaginable way, it will leave an abundance of legacies for the worse so far as people’s freedom is concerned.” Higgs sees government, as usual, vastly expanding during the crisis, and he’s sure that it will not shrink back

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Timber Queen 5/23/2020 4:22:36 PM (No. 419966)
The most often repeated instruction of Jesus to His followers is, "Be not afraid." So, I disagree with the author stating human beings can do nothing to ameliorate our human instinct. We can overcome all fears by living our lives in Christ. I understand Mr.Tierney and Mr. Higgs' pessimism regarding government growth during a crisis. But this time around we have the ultimate Trump card. We've got better than even odds the game turns out differently this time.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: fishbone 5/23/2020 8:23:40 PM (No. 420111)
Puts me in mind of Glenn Beck's "Overton Window" concept ... incrementalism.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Lawsy0 5/23/2020 8:38:09 PM (No. 420116)
Along with advising his disciples to be not afraid, Jesus also advised believers be not deceived. I can't speak for other countries and what they are being told daily, but here in the US, we are being deceived about this virus strain and the helps and outcomes we can expect. This is being done, of course, by so-called experts, and often multiple times a day. But remember Luke 21:26
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