Actions by government that restrict individual liberty
  • Armies, Standing - Maintaining permanent armies of paid or conscripted soldiers
  • Foreign Entanglements - Unnecessary involvement with other nations
  • Militarism - A political system influenced greatly by a large, permanent military force
  • Repression, Moral - Legislation and government actions that attempt to dictate "moral and proper" behavior
  • State, The - The group of people that, having effective control over a government, benefit the most from the exercise of its power
  • Terrorism - The systematic use of violence to attempt to achieve ideological goals
  • War - Armed conflict between nations: "The Health of the State"


An Interview With David Theroux, by David J. Theroux, Strike The Root, 2 Sep 2003
Topics discussed include: the Independent Institute, Theroux's life before founding it, possible connection to Thoreau, the Vietnam War, his heroes and influencers, activism, September 11 and book recommendations
"What do you think are the greatest current threats to liberty, and what do you think we should do about them?
The greatest threats to liberty are U.S. interventionist policies worldwide. The dangers are two-fold: (1) Such interventionism fosters world conflict and bitter anti-U.S. sentiments and enemies, endangering the liberty and safety of Americans here and abroad as well as people worldwide, and (2) the 'war on terrorism' domestically is producing huge new grabs of government power as every conceivable interest group pushes for its own share of the 'terrorist war' pie."
Faculty Spotlight Interview: Walter Block, by Walter Block, 18 Jan 2010
Asks Block about his hobbies, greatest inspiration, the impact of his work and more
"Obviously, the greatest threat to liberty today is the U.S. government. It has some 1000 military bases abroad, on the territory of about 200 foreign countries. Its military budget is larger than such expenditures of virtually all other countries put together. It is fighting 2-3(?) wars at present against countries that have not first invaded us or credibly threatened to do so ... Domestic incursions against liberty pale into insignificance by comparison, and, yet, they, too, are serious. We live in a nanny state, where we mundanes (boobus americanus) are forced to obey orders."
Reason 35th Anniversary Banquet Remarks, by Robert W. Poole, Jr., 5 Nov 2003
Remembrances of 35 years, focusing on Reason magazine and the Reason Foundation, but also contrasting the late 1960s to the early 2000s in terms of both technology and government intervention
"Back in 1968 ... We had a no-win war in Viet Nam and the draft hanging over every young man’s head. ... Obviously, there are still many threats to liberty out there—not just Islamic terrorism but huge and unsustainable welfare state programs, not just here but in every advanced country. We've lost important liberties due to the War on Drugs, and are losing others in the War on Terrorism. So it's no time to declare victory and go home. In fact, I don't think there will ever be such a time for advocates of liberty. I firmly believe that eternal vigilance will always be the price of liberty."
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