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Hate Crime Hype and Hypocrisy (2000)

Hate crimes are a hot topic in the Trump era.  Here’s a piece I wrote 19 years ago that was published in the Washington Times and (probably) syndicated by Knight Ridder News Service. The government can never commit a “hate crime” against private citizens because federal agents are almost always presumed to have good intentions […]

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Saluting My Father on Cow Appreciation Day

This is national Cow Appreciation Day. I salute my late father, Ken Bovard, an animal geneticist who spent his career researching beef cattle breeding. The 1958 photo below is from the Beef Cattle Research Station near Front Royal, Virginia. It was one of his all-time favorite photos and hung on the wall forever in our […]

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My Apology to Antifa

American Conservative, July 8, 2019 Camera-Shy Antifa Hits Washington D.C. There was a list of “rules” for media covering their antics, which we now know include destroying property and clubbing journalists. By James Bovard Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue saw two competing protests near the White House on Saturday—a Proud Boys’ “Demand Free Speech”  rally, and a […]

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Proud Boys vs. Antifa Demonstrations, Washington, July 6, 2019

Antifa folks were all decked out today, ready to handle any problem they experienced on the Washington subway – or maybe on their Uber trip to their protest. Turnout seemed sparse for both the Proud Boys etc. “Demand Free Speech” rally and the Antifa etc. counterprotest. I did not stay for the full event but […]

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Friendly Police Fantasy

American Conservative Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s Friendly Police Fantasy  Better relations will only come when we repeal the legions of laws empowering cops to unjustifiably accost peaceful citizens. By James Bovard • July 5, 2019 In last week’s Democratic presidential candidate debate, South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg said he is “determined to bring about a […]

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Bashing Congress in the New York Times on July 4th 40 Years Ago

A million years ago during the Carter administration, congressmen were calling for reviving military conscription because of the supposed failures of the All-Volunteer Force (started in 1973).  I wrote a satire calling for conscripting random citizens to be members of Congress because many of the existing representatives were dim-witted, mentally unstable liars incapable of performing […]

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Donald Trump and Abe Lincoln: Two of a Kind?

Mises Institute, July 3, 2019 Lincoln and Trump: Two of a Kind? by James Bovard President Trump has outraged legions of political opponents with his plan to give a Fourth of July speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. A Washington Post columnist frets that Trump’s speech will leave a “stain” that “won’t ever […]

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