My First Piece after 9/11: Dangers of Trusting Government

Last week was the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Reposted below is the first piece I had published after that attack. George Neumayr was the IBD editor who accepted the piece; George is now a contributing editor at American Spectator. (Still can’t understand why the New York Times op-ed page didn’t jump when I […]

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The Tariff and the Civil War – New Study by Michael Griffith

Michael Griffith has just posted an excellent analysis and survey of the role of tariff conflicts in paving the path to the American Civil War: The Tariff and Secession: Statements on the Tariff as a Major Factor in Sectional Strife and Southern Secession http://www.mtgriffith.com/web_documents/tariffandsecession.htm : Northern and Southern leaders began arguing over the tariff almost as […]

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USA TODAY: AmeriCorps at 20 is a Wasteful Flop

USA TODAY,  September 12, 2014 AmeriCorps at 20 is a wasteful flop: Column by James Bovard One part political slush fund, one part window dressing, youth service program failed to grow up. President Barack Obama welcomed a flock of AmeriCorps recruits to the White House this morning to celebrate AmeriCorps’ 20th anniversary. They were joined […]

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FFF: How Trade Wars Shaped Early American History

Future of Freedom, June 2014 How Trade Wars Shaped Early American History, Part 1 by James Bovard Fair trade is once again a rallying cry for many Americans. Many contemporary leftists believe that the U.S. government should impose restrictions or tariffs on imported goods that are alleged to have been produced by underpaid or oppressed […]

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Wash. Times: The “Food Insecurity” Hoax

 Washington Times, September 10, 2014 The Food Security Hoax by James Bovard Promoting hunger scam is how federal bean counters keep their jobs According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, American households suffer far more “food insecurity” than do families in Angola, Mozambique and Pakistan. The USDA uses different standards to gauge domestic and foreign “food […]

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