07.22.2022

The Snare of Government Subsidies

Governments have evolved a strategy by which whole industries or professions are captured by the bureaucratic state [eg renewable energy]. While this strategy is not the only one used, in peacetime it has proven enormously successful. I have outlined this strategy by means of the following analogy:

  1. Baiting the trap
  2. Setting the trap
  3. Springing the trap
  4. Skinning the victim”

There is no hope of a return to a freer system until the leaders of the movement against state control are prepared first to impose upon themselves that discipline of a competitive market which they ask the masses to accept.” – F. A. Hayek, address to the Mont Pelerin Society in 1947

Originally published here at the Mises Institute on 31 August 2006.

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