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FDR’s Worst Perversion of Freedom

Mises Institute, January 17, 2019 FDR’s Worst Perversion of Freedom: The “Four Freedoms” Speech by James Bovard Franklin Roosevelt did more than any other modern president to corrupt Americans’ understanding of freedom. Last week was the 75th anniversary of his 1944 speech calling for a second Bill of Rights to guarantee economic freedom to Americans. […]

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President George H.W. Bush: DEA Agents are America’s “Greatest Freedom Fighters”

The late President George H.W. Bush promised “kinder, gentler” policies then revved up the drug war and vastly increased crackdowns across the nation.  Overfilled prisons are part of his forgotten legacy. Bush also hailed DEA agents as “the greatest freedom fighters any nation could have, people who provide freedom from violence and freedom from drugs […]

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The Hill: George W. Bush’s Forgotten Crimes Against Democracy

The Hill, February 15, 2018  George W. Bush doesn’t deserve the media’s efforts at rehabilitation by James Bovard  “Our democracy is only as good as people trust the results,” former President George W. Bush declared in a presumably well-paid speech last week in the United Arab Emirates, a notorious Arab dictatorship. Bush is being exalted […]

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The Hill: Facebook Farce Shows Congressional Deviousness & Demagoguery

The Hill, November 4, 2017 Facebook farce shows lawmaker deviousness, demagoguery by James Bovard  The 2016 election was the first time in history that goofy advertisements were considered an act of war. The frenzy on Capitol Hill over a smattering of Russian advertisements would be comical except that most of the American media has jumped […]

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On 9/11, Remember Not to Exalt Politicians

On the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Americans must not forget how politicians exploited that day’s carnage to seize far more power.  The only 9/11 lessons that Washington politicians learned was to spend more money, violate more rights, and bomb more nations. The only “9/11 lessons” that Washington politicians learned: spend more money, violate […]

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FFF: Obamacare Reform and Paternalism’s Pratfalls

Future of Freedom Foundation Obamacare Reform and Paternalism’s Pratfalls by James Bovard One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to issue an executive order to reduce the regulatory burden of the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare has been intensely controversial since it was enacted in 2010. The battle over its reform or replacement will […]

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FFF: How Food Stamps Subverted Democracy, Part 2

Future of Freedom Foundation How Food Stamps Subverted Democracy, Part 2 by James Bovard Last month we saw how political demagoguery helped make hunger a major issue in American politics beginning in the late 1960s. After Jimmy Carter was elected president in 1976, liberals and their media allies largely declared victory over hunger. Carter was […]

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