Robert Higgs observă cum statul inundă și îneacă, încet și sigur, societatea americană:
The areas of life that remain outside the government’s participation, taxation, subsidization, regulation, surveillance, and other intrusion or control have become so few and so trivial that they scarcely merit mention. We verge ever closer upon the condition in which everything that is not prohibited is required. Yet, the average American will declare loudly that he is a free man and that his country is the freest in the world. Thus, in a country where more and more is for the state, where virtually nothing is outside the State, and where, aside from pointless complaints, nothing against the State is permitted, Americans have become ideal fascist citizens. Like the average German during the years that Hitler ruled Germany, most Americans today, inhabiting one of the most pervasively controlled countries in the history of the world, think they are free.
Link-ul referitor la dinamica nazismului în Germania anilor 1933-1945 este remarcabil:
“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.
“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.
Higgs revine la subiectul înecării Americii sub statism în Nothing Outside the State: Part II:
In general, in attempting to determine what the federal laws and regulations require or forbid one to do, a normal human being is completely helpless. The laws might as well be written in Sanskrit. Unfortunately, you cannot rely on your lawyer, either, as you’ll find out when the government takes you to court and the government’s lawyers present a completely different interpretation of the law or regulation from the one your high-priced lawyer insisted you could rely on.