Liberalism Vs. Empire: The Great Antithesis

The reality is quite the reverse of McCarthy’s thesis: imperialism is the great destroyer of liberty, not its defender. We see this today as our leaders invoke “national security” to justify the Surveillance State, and point to our endless wars to rationalize the War Party’s endless assault on the Constitution. As Robert Higgs has demonstrated in his books, starting with Crisis and Leviathan, every episode of warfare in America’s history has been the occasion for a “great leap forward” in government power:
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