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Thomas Hobbes’ Forgotten Warning for Leviathans

On Thomas Hobbes’ birthday, this warning should be heeded by the Leviathans that now rule most of the world: “When men build on false grounds, the more they build, the greater is the ruin.” I used that line as the header quote for the final chapter of Freedom in Chains (1999). Now if only I […]

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The Hill: Census Poses Greater Threats than Citizenship Question

The Hill, April 4, 2018 Citizenship question won’t be most pernicious aspect of US Census by James Bovard   © Getty The hubbub over the Trump administration’s proposal to ask respondents about citizenship in the 2020 Census is mystifying because the response is so far out of proportion to the White House’s request. But the […]

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Waco Atrocity & Coverup Riff from Mises Institute Conference

My old friend Bill Anderson kindly asked me about the Waco coverup during the question-and-answer portion of my spiel at last week’s Mises Institute conference. Here’s my response: The feds got away with covering up the worst parts of that atrocity – or at least with delaying the damning evidence so long that the political damage […]

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My Nazi Tendencies Exposed

Someone kindly posted my TSA cigar cutter story in a Facebook group for cigar fans. One guy responded, scoffing that I was as a “self-interest hack.” I pointed out that he should have written “self-interested hack.” So he denounced me as a “grammar nazi.” I kindly noted that “Nazi” should be capitalized. He retorted that that […]

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