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George Bush: Torturer-in-Chief Becomes Savior of Freedom

From the Mises Institute – Torturer-in-Chief Turned Savior of Freedom? by James Bovard Former President George W. Bush gave a speech yesterday implicitly slamming President Donald Trump for dragging down democracy. Bush told political cronies and other attendees: “We are gathered in the cause of liberty this is a unique moment.” He assured listeners that […]

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Torture and Liberty (2008)

A decade ago, many Washington politicians and pundits pretended that torture was no peril to liberty. The Bush administration championed “enhanced interrogation” as a key to preserving public safety, and its apologists scoffed at anyone who objected to “getting tough” with suspected bad guys. When I gave a speech at the Foundation for Economic Education […]

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USA Today: Time to Dethrone the FBI

USA Today, May 11, 2017 Comey firing justly knocks FBI off its pedestal by James Bovard It’s a historically untrustworthy secret organization that needs to live under rule of law. President Trump’s firing of FBI chief James Comey provides a welcome chance to dethrone the FBI from its pinnacle in American politics and life. Last […]

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My Praise for Obama in FFF Libertarian Alternative Podcast

I had fun joining Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling on the Future of Freedom Foundation Libertarian Alternative podcast yesterday. I was bummed that Richard wasn’t wearing a Clemson National Champions hat (Richard is now a professor at The Citadel). We had fun rehashing some of the prime debacles of the last 8 years. Half way […]

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Rand Paul Demise: Botched Campaign or Apathy on Freedom?

Rand Paul announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign this morning.  How much of the demise of the Rand Paul’s effort was due to poor campaign tactics vs. voters not giving a damn about freedom? In Iowa, Rand’s campaign targeted student voters.  But as David Weigel of the Washington Post noted, that tactic fizzled […]

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Iowa GOP Barnbusting Debate!

OK, so sue me for a using a misleading blog headline.  What the hell – at least I don’t need to watch any more debates this month.  My live tweets as the show went on… and on…. Disappointed that #GOPDebate candidates did not invoke "Judeo-Christian values" in the same sentence calling for carpet bombing — […]

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My Carping on Obama’s State of Union 2016 Speech

Obama warns of people who "use the Internet to poison the minds of individuals" – -Heck, but I enjoy sending out tweets! — James Bovard (@JimBovard) January 13, 2016 Obama says a prez with "gifts of Lincoln… might have better bridged the divide" between Americans. So burning down Atlanta would help? — James Bovard (@JimBovard) […]

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