Bovard Book Title Contest -$100 prize

I am finishing up a new book and am seeking suggestions for a snappy book title.

The book’s essays deal with the fraud of idealism,  how truth is perverted in Washington, the political sanction for mass killing,  why power corrupts,  Leviathan-loving intellectuals, the fatal myths of democracy,   and other cheery topics.   My tentative title is “Principles & Paradigms: How Politicians Con Citizens Into Submission.”  But my hunch is that the title could be better.

Ideally, the title would be both hard hitting and zippety.  In the past, I’ve been a pushover for alliteration (Fair Trade Fraud, Farm Fiasco, Bush Betrayal, Terrorism & Tyranny).  Alternatively, the title would be  a phrase that sticks in people’s memories – such as Lost Rights, Freedom in Chains, or Attention Deficit Democracy.  (Two of my previous books got their titles from contests).

The person who suggests the winning title will receive $100 and will be mentioned in the book’s acknowledgments. (Second prize is two mentions in the acknowledgments).

Send suggestions to

Thanks for the help!
Jim Bovard


47 Responses to Bovard Book Title Contest -$100 prize

  1. sterling smith February 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    “Wolves at your door”
    What sheeple should know.

  2. Tom Blanton February 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    This title popped into my head:

    “Perverted Perceptions: How Politicians Twist Reality To Compel Submission”

    I’m looking forward to reading the new book, Jim. I’ve spent entirely too much time lately pondering things like the fraud of idealism. It boggles my mind.

    In a similar vein, Arthur Silber has been writing a series, “The Ravages of Tribalism”, on his blog that deals with the mindset of partisanship among other things. It’s all sort of depressing, but interesting.

  3. Treg February 13, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    Guilty Americans

    (that’s it, don’t add a tag line. Then I would just HAVE to open the book’s jacket cover to find out what the book’s about– why I am I a guilty American and/or should I be? )

  4. Karen Snyder February 13, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Title suggestion:
    Bankruptcy of Freedom in America

  5. Karen Snyder February 13, 2009 at 9:44 pm #

    another title suggestion:
    The Great American Heist

  6. Dottie February 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Jim, what is your Bevard,Bovard,bovaird,brevard connection? We have DNA project at FTDNA
    all spellings match.

  7. Dirk W. Sabin February 14, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    “Spectator Nation”….
    Political Cant and the Nation’s scorecard of deceit.

  8. Sunni February 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

    Oooh, great news! Dunno that I can top some of the suggestions already here, but I’ll mull it over.

  9. Jim February 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    Sunni – thanks for the kind words & the mulling!

  10. Jim February 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Tom – thanks for the feedback.

    Idealism intrigues me, the same way that Jesse James intrigued would-be train robbers.

  11. MamaLiberty February 15, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    It would help to read a sample chapter or two…

    Anyway, when the book is out, I’d love to do a review for my website. I’ll keep watching.

  12. Jim February 15, 2009 at 10:05 pm #

    Thanks, MamaLiberty! I hope you get a kick out of the book.

    I am leery of posting large chunks of the book online prior to publication. That could make publishers balk, among other possible developments.

  13. Jean February 16, 2009 at 2:13 am #

    The Service State: Sacrificing Sovereignty

  14. Jean February 16, 2009 at 2:15 am #

    Hello Jim! Glad to see you’re up and about. Maybe I missed something, but have you written anything about the latest in gun grabbing, or the feds wanting to build FEMA camps? Just curious

  15. Jim February 16, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    Jean – thanks for the suggested title!

    I haven’t written anything about the gun grabs/FEMA camps – but not because I have been swept away with the Obama spirit. It is a target-rich environment, and I will have more time for plinking soon.

  16. Jean February 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    Well as soon as you are out of the hypnotic state of Obamaism, I know you’re an expert marksman, and with this target rich enviornment, I’m sure it will be just like a turkey shoot.
    Please, celebrate after with some fine adult beverages, and a fine Cuban. We need you sober good buddy!!

  17. B.W. Richardson February 16, 2009 at 11:06 pm #

    What’s wrong with “The Fraud of Idealism”?

  18. Jim February 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm #

    Nothing wrong with that title at all.

    Mabye idealism should be the key term for the title – at least the first part…..

  19. Jim February 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    Jean – if I was to smoke a Cuban cigar, my marksmanship would be far below my par.

    I go for ’em mild…

  20. Cox February 18, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    You could recycle the title:

    The Biggest Con: How the Government is Fleecing You


    Conned! How Politicians in Washington Make Dupes of American Citizens

  21. Mary Saunders February 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm #

    Skulls, Bones, and Hit-Men: How Ms. Entrepreneur Gets Kicked in the Knees by the Already Rich.

    This is just off the top of my head for now. I’ll probably have more entries.

  22. Mary Saunders February 18, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    P.S. Any way to track back on this? I don’t want to space out this contest, for various reasons.

  23. Jamie Jackson February 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    “A democratic government that respects no limits on its power is a ticking time bomb, waiting to destroy the rights it was created to protect.”

    I’d suggest changing “waiting” to “working”, but perhaps I’m cynical?

    As for the title… I like “The Fraud of Idealism” too, but I’ll bet we can do even better. (That’ll at least make a fine chapter name.) Maybe… “Perpetual Promises: Why Government Never Delivers What You Want”? I’ll try to swing by again if something else strikes me.

  24. Skye February 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    The Ideal Deception

    keep How Politicians Con Citizens Into Submission

  25. Benjamin Marks February 18, 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    How about something like:

    – The Political Bubble: A Blow-by-Blow Account

    – A Blow-by-Blow Account of the Political Bubble: How Politicians Inflate Themselves and Let Down Society

    – A Blow-by-Blow Account of the Political Bubble: Pinning the Blame on Inflated Government

    Here are some other notes that may be of use:

    – The Fraud You Lent

    – The Fraud We Can’t Afford

    – A Smorgasbord of Fraud

  26. Benjamin Marks February 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm #

    One more that may be of some use, for somewhere other than the title:

    – Washing Out the Mouths and Pockets of Politicians: Turning Political Bubbles into Soap Bubbles

  27. Frank Benjamin February 18, 2009 at 4:46 pm #

    Book title: Twisted Hearts, Decieved Minds

  28. smitty February 18, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    Kaleidoscope of Absurdities: The Nature of Government

  29. smitty February 18, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    P.S. The prize should include a copy of the book, autographed by the author…

  30. Meg Davis February 18, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    Thought I’d just pipe in here. I don’t know who you want to sell the book to–everyone I assume, but I’d be afraid all the Obama supporters would be turned off by anything that purported the Fraud or Death of Idealism. The Obama supports I saw during and after the election were/ are all crazy (delusional) idealists. Seems to me they might think, “How negative! Idealism is alive and well.” In my mind they are exactly the folks who need to read about this subject matter the most. Maybe after Obama falls into disfavor your NEXT book should be entitled “The Death of Idealism.”

  31. Jim February 18, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

    Smitty – you’re right. I’m happy to include an autographed copy of the book, but people have to realize that once I sign it, they won’t be able get a refund on it.

  32. Jim February 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    Jamie – thanks for the suggested rewording on the line.

    The trouble with changing “waiting” to “working” is that it would tarnish the image I have long carefully nourished as a positive thinker.

  33. Kallisti February 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm #

    My suggestion (in the context of the Emperor and his lack of clothes):

    “Naked Politicians: This Could Get Dirty”

  34. Ray Mangum February 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    This may seem too literary, but I thought of “Mystery, Miracle, and Authority” which is a phrase used by Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor from “The Brothers Karamazov” when he is describing to Christ the methods the church must use to keep the masses in line. Fits the alliteration criteria, partially.

  35. Jim February 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

    Ray – that is a great construct. It does capture how politicians mesmerize the masses… I don’t know how many readers or editors would catch the Grand Inquisitor origin.

  36. Jim February 19, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

    Meg – you make an excellent point on the Obama idealists.

    The True Believers are not my target audience. I suspect there will be many people who were in the throes last year and early this year who will be painfully sobered up by this Fall.

  37. Steve G February 24, 2009 at 1:10 am #

    I’m a great admirer of your work.
    Title suggestion:

  38. Kevin Parker February 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    In case my email got caught in a spam filter:
    -Weaponized Democracy
    -Weaponized Plutocracy
    -Homicidal Brainiacs
    -The Kraken and the Bureaucrat
    -Frankenstein’s Handlers: How Bad Ideas Turn Deadly in the Hands of Politicians
    -Strangers with Can-Do: The Poisonous Legacy of Omnipresent Government

  39. Koen March 4, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    something with ‘Idealists or Ideologues?’ though that likely doesn’t capture the cynical self-interested pragmatism involved

  40. Koen March 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

    ‘Exploiting idealism: How Politicians Con Citizens Into Submission’

  41. Sarah March 19, 2009 at 4:59 am #

    Hi Jim

    One more suggestion:
    “The Power of Ideals and the Ideal of Power: how politicians con citizens into servility”

    Sounds like an interesting book!

  42. Kevin Parker March 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    modifying my suggestion above…

    Strangers with Can-Do: The Hazards of Hyperactive Government

  43. christopher May 29, 2009 at 3:15 am #

    I don’t know if you are still taking suggestions, but I just thought of a title…I don’t know if it is what you might be looking for though. “Bill of Rights…and Lefts”

  44. CAL SHUMMNON May 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm #


  45. Katy Zujkowski October 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    1) Democracy? Really?

    2) All the King’s Pawns: Democracy at it’s worst

    3)Demise of Democracy: What went wrong George Washington?

  46. Robert Greenhill March 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm #

    Lies of Idealists


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