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FFF: Obama’s Cynicism Racketeering

From the Future of Freedom Foundation – Obama’s Cynicism Racketeering by James Bovard Barack Obama captured the presidency in part because of his appeals to “hope and change.” But after more than six years in power, he is now spending far more time denouncing cynicism. As usual, the worst example of cynicism is citizens who […]

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Wash. Times: Obama’s Freedom & Fear Farce

Washington Times, December 10, 2015 Talking freedom but practicing fear by James Bovard The president employs scare tactics to diminish liberties The most memorable line in President Obama’s Oval Office Sunday speech was his declaration that “freedom is more powerful than fear.” That epigram might have made John F. Kennedy’s speechwriters beam. But it is […]

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Obama’s Anti-Gun Rights Terrorism Spiel

  pre-speech tweet: So will Obama explain tonight how banning semi-automatic firearms will reduce global warming? — James Bovard (@JimBovard) December 7, 2015 post-speech: I am bummed that Obama did not tie 30-round ammo clips to the melting of Greenland's glaciers. — James Bovard (@JimBovard) December 7, 2015 WPost headline: "Obama seeks to ease terror […]

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USA TODAY: The Freedom Foyer Fraud on Our Liberty

USA TODAY, October 28, 2015 Freedom gets a foyer; Liberty gets the shaft by James Bovard The budget agreement between President Obama and leaders of the House of Representatives is sparking a conservative firestorm across the land.  Newt Gingrich predicts every Republican presidential candidate in tonight’s debate will oppose the deal — which a New York […]

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Democracy, Liberty, Leviathan Epigrams /Tweets

Whittling today on some epigrams from my books – here are some new, improved, tighter versions [earlier versions of these lines are here] ** These epigrams are works-in-progress.  I welcome critical feedback – if you like or loathe any of these lines, let me know! Without a realistic concept of government, political philosophy is only […]

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FFF: The Mandatory Voting Panacea

from the July 2015 issue of The Future of Freedom The Mandatory Voting Panacea by James Bovard Barack Obama suggested on March 18, 2015, that mandatory voting could cure some of the ills of American democracy. He said that compelling everyone to vote would “encourage more participation” — perhaps the same way that the specter […]

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My Playboy Greatest Hits

So Playboy is becoming proudly birthday-suit free.  Lots of jokes this week about how guys will now be able to honestly say “I only read it for the articles.” From 1994 through 2002, I wrote a bunch of pieces for Playboy on No-Knock Raids, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Janet Reno, IRS, Surveillance, Pork Barrel Prisons, the […]

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