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I Should Be Hanged, Blown Up, or Banished: Reader Feedback

Last week’s  articles in USA Today spurred lots of helpful suggestions from thoughtful readers.  Admittedly, not everyone liked the articles. Oughtsix, a commenter on a gun discussion board, was outraged by the “Ruby Ridge Lessons for Fighting Extremism” article’s subhead (““When the government tries to squash anti-American ideas it doesn’t like, the results are often destructive of […]

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USA Today: Ruby Ridge Lessons for Fighting Right-Wing Extremism

USA TODAY Ruby Ridge lessons for fighting right-wing extremism by James Bovard, Opinion columnist Published 10:04 a.m. ET Aug. 28, 2017 When the government tries to squash anti-American ideas it doesn’t like, the results are often destructive of American ideals. In the wake of the protest in Charlottesville by white supremacists, many people are demanding […]

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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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USA TODAY: End Federal Agents’ License to Kill

USA TODAY End Federal Agents License to Kill by James Bovard Do federal agents need a license to kill in order to protect us?  Unfortunately, federal judges are giving law enforcement agents blanket immunity when they shoot Americans while the agents are on the job. It would be difficult to imagine a greater violation of […]

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My Playboy Greatest Hits

So Playboy is becoming proudly birthday-suit free.  Lots of jokes this week about how guys will now be able to honestly say “I only read it for the articles.” From 1994 through 2002, I wrote a bunch of pieces for Playboy on No-Knock Raids, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Janet Reno, IRS, Surveillance, Pork Barrel Prisons, the […]

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Ruby Ridge 23rd Anniv. of Federal Killings

Federal killings at Ruby Ridge, Idaho began 23 years ago today. Below are some articles I wrote on this case in 1995. Also included is the counterattack on my Wall Street Journal piece from FBI director Louis Freeh, who claimed that I “grossly mischaracterized” the details of the FBI’s killing of Vicki Weaver. I wonder how much […]

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