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Podcast: How the Government Ruined my Work Ethic

Here’s the story of how my summer on the payroll of the Virginia Highway Dept. ruined me for life – I’ve had PTSD regarding hard work ever since. At least I learned how not to shovel. The 6 minute spiel concludes with Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole evicting me from her office after I asked too […]

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Trump And the Presidential Fearmongering Tradition

The media is railing about Trump for fearmongering ahead of the midterm elections.  Like this never happened before?  Like this is not the job description of modern politicians? Like Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton did not fearmonger whenever they could profit by spooking Americans?  Trump is continuing a tradition that was firmly established by […]

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Podcast: Obama’s Forgotten Constitutional Depredations

Barack Obama is rapidly ascending to sainthood as people forget the sordid details of his abuses of power. Here’s a podcast to revive his record, produced for the Future of Freedom Foundation. Thanks again to Bart Frazier for cleaning up the video & posting it. “Bureaucratic bulldozing? Groping TSA agents? Federal secrecy and aggressive prosecution […]

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I Should be “Rapped and Killed” – Obama Devotees Condemn USA Today Oped

I am chagrined that not everyone liked  yesterday’s USA Today oped, “Obama Fueled the Distrust that Led to Donald Trump.” I expected the piece to spur thoughtful exchanges by folks with different perspectives. Alas, my hopes for a rebirth of civility have been mercilessly crushed. Here’s some responses generated via Twitter, email, and elsewhere online.  […]

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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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FFF: Trump and the Right to #Resist

Future of Freedom Foundation TRUMP AND THE RIGHT TO #RESIST by James Bovard Since Donald Trump’s election, it has become fashionable for his opponents to use a #Resist hashtag on their social media postings. Public demonstrations have become more fashionable than at any time since the Vietnam War. Federal agencies are actively working to thwart […]

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Torture as the Greatest Boondoggle – Mises Speech

When someone asked me to name the biggest U.S. government boondoggle I had seen, I leaped at the chance to flog torture. From my Friday presentation to the Mises Institute conference –   Here’s a link to many of the articles I have written on torture since 9/11.  

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