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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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Political Accounting Makes Paternalism a Mirage

The following essay is excerpted from Freedom in Chains (1999) and was also published in The Freeman in September 1999.  I tweaked a few sentences but have otherwise not corrected glaring flaws. * Many federal agents have zero curiosity about the impact of their actions on private citizens. Collateral damage voids no pensions. Political Accounting  […]

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Property and Liberty

On the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, here’s an essay I wrote on why private property rights are the foundation of individual liberty.  Where private property rights are nullified, people  live at the mercy of bureaucrats and politicians.  This spinoff from my 1999 book Freedom in Chains, was published by the Freeman in 2000 […]

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