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Seymour Hersh and the Decline of Knockdown Journalism

The American Conservative Seymour Hersh and the Disappearing Iconoclast He won a Pulitzer for My Lai and cracked Abu Ghraib wide open. But this reporter is still a lonely breed. By James Bovard • August 17, 2018 Journalist Seymour Hersh in 2009. Credit: Institute for Policy Studies/Flickr Seymour Hersh, Reporter: A Memoir, Sy Hersh. Knopf, June […]

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Thomas Hobbes’ Forgotten Warning for Leviathans

On Thomas Hobbes’ birthday, this warning should be heeded by the Leviathans that now rule most of the world: “When men build on false grounds, the more they build, the greater is the ruin.” I used that line as the header quote for the final chapter of Freedom in Chains (1999). Now if only I […]

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FFF: Red-Green Delusions on Soviet Bloc History

Red-Green Delusions on Soviet-Bloc History by James Bovard February 28, 2018 The New York Times is running a series of “Red Century” articles extolling some of the virtues of communism on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Last August, the Times showcased a Yale University lecturer rhapsodizing about the Soviets’ environmental record in a […]

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USA TODAY: Don’t Partner with Tyrants to Fight Terrorism (2002)

I was sweeping away some clutter today and came across this clip of one of the first pieces I wrote for a national paper on the War on Terrorism.   Most editors saw me back then as hopelessly cynical, but Chris Collins at the USA Today editorial page gave me a shot.  She was always great to work with.   […]

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Government as Slave Owner (2000)

The latest hubbub over whether slavery was the sole cause of the Civil War reminded me of this article on how modern governments have connived to seize unlimited power over citizens.   The Declaration of Independence was clear that Americans rights pre-existed the creation of government.  But today’s Statists see government as the fount of all rights.  What […]

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Spain Tyrannizes Catalan Voters: Democracy Defined Down

Will any police face charges for violence inflicted on Catalonian voters? If not, Spanish “rule of law” is a charade #CatalanReferendum — James Bovard (@JimBovard) October 2, 2017 Will the media downplay Spanish police's #CatalanReferendum attacks as merely a vast number of "extra-judicial beatings"? — James Bovard (@JimBovard) October 2, 2017 The Spanish government's aggression […]

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Raising Hell with Ernie Hancock on Liberty Radio Network

FreedomsPhoenix mastermind Ernie Hancock and I had a rollicking time reviewing Trump’s record this morn.  It is always fun to go on Ernie’s show on Liberty Radio Network – especially when my moderate tendencies need scourging.  Ernie and I agreed on the outrageous missile strike on Syria (I said the U.S. government was acting like […]

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