Post-1960s America


In the twentieth century, technological advances brought material prosperity, but also made the threat of large-scale modern war ever-present. To counter this threat, government must craft proper policy towards other nations and employ deterrents to war. With the rise of the administrative state and of the belief in scientific progress, politicians began declaring war on conditions of human life that the American Founders thought were permanent. Both kinds of war pose a threat to liberty, as they require tremendous resources and impose great burdens on the citizenry.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.