Author Archive | Jim

Freedom-in-Chains

“Freedom from Want” is Slavery for All

The Mises Institute reposted a 1999 article I wrote for Sheldon Richman at The Freeman on how government handouts can subvert freedom. That piece was adapted from my book, Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Individual (St. Martin’s Press).  Looking back on this 20 years later, I am […]

Continue Reading
jpb fff afghan child molesters fff photo

FFF: Your Tax Dollars Bankroll Afghan Child Molesters

Future of Freedom Foundation Your Tax Dollars Bankroll Afghan Child-Molesters by James Bovard Donald Trump was hailed by the media last August when he announced he was sending more U.S. troops to fight in Afghanistan. A Washington Post editorial praised his “principled realism” and saluted “a rare but welcome story of self-correction” (since Trump had […]

Continue Reading
foodstamps1

The Hill: Hunger Hoaxes Hinder Food Stamp Reform

The Hill, May 18, 2018 Hunger hoaxes hinder food stamp reform by James Bovard The Trump administration is pushing radical changes in the food stamp program as part of the farm bill. Reform efforts may be derailed by activists who vastly exaggerate hunger and portray food handouts as the epitome of social justice. But federal […]

Continue Reading
hardy david book cover

David Hardy’s Excellent New Book on Leashing Leviathan

It’s hard not to like a savvy ex-federal lawyer who blows the whistle on the feds. David Hardy has been doing that for decades – often with explosive results. Hardy, along with the late Mike McNulty, helped blow open the coverup of the federal assaults at Waco. Hardy’s dogged Freedom of Information Act requests turned […]

Continue Reading
claire wolfe book cover

Claire Wolfe’s Hot New Resistance Book

My ol’ pal Claire Wolfe has a new book, The Basics of Resistance: The Practical Freedomista. Claire has been on the cutting edge of freedom hell-raising since her 1996 bestseller, 101 Things to do ‘Til the Revolution – a work that rightly captured capture a generation of fans for her. Her latest work is co-authored […]

Continue Reading
thehill-logo-big

The Hill: Washington secrecy is creating a know-nothing democracy

The Hill, May 9, 2017 Washington secrecy is creating a know-nothing democracy by James Bovard Washington may be more secretive nowadays than at any time in recent decades. Federal policymakers have become accustomed to rationing what they release while citizens are assured that official secrecy makes them more secure. But American democracy cannot survive perpetual […]

Continue Reading