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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: Trump Jamboree Speech As Scouting Antidote

USA Today, July 28, 2017 Trump’s Boy Scout speech may have set kids on the right path by James Bovard President Trump telling Boy Scouts that Washington is a “sewer” could actually be an antidote to much of what they are taught on following authority. Much of the media was shocked and horrified by President […]

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Happy 200th Birthday, Thoreau!

Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago this week.  His books and essays had a huge influence on my own life and writing.  At its best,  Thoreau’s writing is utterly captivating  – series of vivid images and  one thought after another driven home with a sledgehammer. In my late teens and early twenties, I used some […]

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July 4th: Fighting for Freedom is Winning

On Independence Day, I salute all those folks who have fought and are fighting for liberty and refusing to submit to oppression in their daily lives. I also salute everyone who makes the effort and often the sacrifices to secure their own personal independence. Government has become far more oppressive and intrusive in recent decades. […]

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Uncle Sam Shooting Down My Quote?!?

I wrote the following sentence almost a quarter century ago. It is the last sentence of the first chapter of Lost Rights (St. Martins, 1994). Daunting to think how many additional rights & liberties Americans have lost since then…. Thanks to Canva.com for the background & text layout & Not sure of the best music […]

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My Sasquatch Cameo? Another Quote JPEG

from the final chapter of Freedom in Chains (St. Martin’s, 1999) – Here’s the original version of this jpeg that I saw online today. The photo makes me look a bit like Sasquatch, so I tweaked it. I appreciate whoever crafted this jpeg!  first saw this jpeg this morn, tweeted by @ScrewedbyState. A Google reverse […]

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FFF: Boy Scouts and the Love of Freedom

Future of Freedom Foundation, Boy Scouts and the Love of Freedom by James Bovard October 18, 2016 Some of my anarcho-libertarian tendencies arose thanks to the years I spent as a Boy Scout. Joining the Scouts was an easy decision, since my father was a Scoutmaster. Even without the family obligation, I might have signed […]

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