Wall St. Journal: Sheridan’s 1864 Torching of the Shenandoah Valley

Here’s a piece inspired in part by growing up in Warren County, Virginia – part of the almost hundred-mile swath that was torched by the Union army in 1864.   I discuss how being raised in formerly Confederate territory influenced my political thinking in  Public Policy Hooligan: Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington. (The art work […]

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New Review of Attention Deficit Democracy

Joe’s Book Blog reviewed Attention Deficit Democracy earlier this week.  I much appreciate the reviewer’s thoughtful analysis and kind words. * If folks see reviews of Attention Deficit Democracy or my other books, please shoot me a line or post a comment here or elsewhere on the blog.  Thanks! Book Review: Attention Deficit Democracy by […]

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9/11 Commission: 10th Anniversary of a Bootlicking National Disgrace

Ten years ago, the 9/11 Commission released its report on the challenges to the nation. Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, the chairman and vice chairman of the commission, have a platitude-laden piece this morning in USA Today: “The “generational challenge” against terrorism we anticipated 10 years ago has entered a new and dangerous phase. America cannot […]

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Wash. Times: Americans’ Fading Love of Freedom

Washington Times   July 21, 2014 Sweet land of growing indifference An angry passion for freedom begins to fade by James Bovard Tea Party protesters and some Republicans are portraying the federal government as a vast engine of oppression. Are anti-Obama activists mistaken in presuming that most Americans still care about freedom, though? A Gallup poll […]

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Foreign Aid Clobbers the Third World

From the FFF‘s April 2014 issue of the Future of Freedom – Foreign Aid Clobbers the Third World by James Bovard The U.S. government loves to preen about its generosity to the world’s downtrodden. However, a long series of presidents and their tools have scorned the evidence that their aid programs perennially clobber recipients. Nowhere is this […]

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Fixing Legacies by Killing Historians (Or the Facts)

  New White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was on CNN yesterday defending Obama administration coverups.  He was asked about a letter from the Society of Professional Journalists and other organizations which scolded the White House for “politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.” Earnest proclaimed that he is “definitely committed” to helping “the […]

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Killing in Lieu of Surveilling

Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles deserves another Pulitzer Prize for this superb cartoon.  Some people are singing hallelujahs over the Supreme Court’s recent decision that police cannot automatically search people’s cell phones.  However, the Supreme Court has done nothing to negate the government’s prerogative to kill people based on secret memos, secret evidence, and utter bunk. I […]

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