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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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Supreme Court: The Dog That Didn’t Bark

Mises Institute, September 26, 2018 The Supreme Court: The Dog that Didn’t Bark by James Bovard The furor over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is spurring many commentators to bewail that the Supreme Court has become too powerful. But the real problem is that the Court is now often little more than a fig leaf […]

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The Hill: Another State of Democracy Report Ignores Cause of Plummeting Trust

The Hill, June 29, 2018 Another ‘state of democracy’ report ignores real cause of plummeting trust by James Bovard The 937th report on the crisis of democracy in the Trump era was released Tuesday. Half of Americans polled believe that the U.S. is in “real danger of becoming a nondemocratic, authoritarian country” and two-thirds believe democracy is […]

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“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 […]

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Iraq War: 15 Years of Lies and Pointless Carnage

This week is the 15th anniversary of the Bush administration’s attack on Iraq.  The nation has not recovered from the calamities that war inflicted at home and abroad.  Here are some of my epigrams in response to the Iraq war and the war on terrorism in general, pulled from Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, Justice […]

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The Hill: Yes, The FBI is America’s Secret Police

The Hill,   December 11, 2017 YES, THE FBI IS AMERICA’S SECRET POLICE by James Bovard Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and […]

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New Book: FREEDOM FRAUDS: Hard Lessons in American Liberty

The Future of Freedom Foundation just released a new Amazon Kindle collection of my articles.  Freedom Frauds: Hard Lessons in American Liberty is available for only $2.99 – less than the price of a good cigar (so I am told – I wouldn’t know). There’s the story of how I got nailed by the police while searching […]

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