… is from page 18 of the original edition of Robert Higgs’s profound and now more-relevant-than-ever 1987 book, Crisis and Leviathan (original emphasis):
Note that once constitutional barriers have been lowered during a crisis, a legal precedent has been established giving government greater potential for expansion in subsequent noncrisis periods, particularly those that can be plausibly described as crises.
DBx: No book now is more relevant to read – or to re-read – than is Bob’s Crisis and Leviathan. If you’ve not yet read it, do so ASAP. If you last read it a few or more years ago, read it again.