April 9, 2018

The Surveillance State: When Tyranny Comes Home

Christopher Coyne

Associate Director, F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Abigail Hall

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Tampa

Many Americans have been shocked by recent revelations of widespread surveillance on domestic citizens by the United States government. But how was this network created in the first place? Chris Coyne and Abby Hall explain how the tools and tactics used for spying on citizens are the product of the "Boomerang Effect"–the pattern by which policies and technologies developed to militarily control populations abroad are re-imported to America and used against its own citizens.

Learn more about the Boomerang Effect in Chris Coyne and Abby Hall's new book, "Tyranny Comes Home"

More research from Chris Coyne and Abby Hall:

"Doing Bad By Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails" (2013)

Perfecting Tyranny: Foreign Intervention as Experimentation in State Control (2014)

After War: The Political Economy of Exporting Democracy (2008)

On Domestic Surveillance (Independent Institute, Challenge of Liberty Summer Seminar, 2016)

This video is partially funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation on “Work, Self- governance, and the Challenge of Unsustainable Dependency.” The grant is for a three-year project to explore the themes of work and self-governance as well as the root causes and consequences of the modern shift toward a greater reliance on government efforts to solve collective challenges.