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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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MP3 – Appalachian Thru Hiker Hoopla

Talk show legend Brian Wilson and I had a rowdy chat today on his Libertas Media Project podcast on the Midsummer Shakespeare Brawl, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and whether the  American political system is beyond hope. Since Brian is aware that I’ve been doing a little hiking, he asked about a recent story about hikers in […]

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My Ribald Speech to the Cogswell Society

I gave a speech last Friday at a luncheon of the Cogswell Society in Washington. This is a group of guys who meet once a month to denounce temperance and everything for which is stands.  Several of the members gave humorous presentations at the start of the meeting and I was astounded at the high quality […]

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Rape Accusations as Divinely-Revealed Truths

The Rolling Stone story on the alleged University of Va. gang rape is invaluable for revealing the current standard of respectable thinking.  The Washington Post posted an article by a female lawyer on Sunday with a headline proclaiming that “we should automatically believe rape claims.” I assume that the writer would not also say that accusations of malpractice […]

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Wash. Times: Shenandoah Burning – Forgetting Atrocities Breeds New Wars

Washington Times, October 1, 2014 Lessons for today from the Shenandoah’s Civil War flames When civilian atrocities are forgotten, war and its injustices become more likely By James Bovard  This is the 150th anniversary of one of the Civil War’s most destructive and controversial campaigns. After Confederate armies had used the Shenandoah Valley to launch […]

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Anniversary of Hanging of Mosby’s Men in Front Royal, Virginia

This is the 150th anniversary of the execution of six of John S. Mosby’s Rangers by Union forces under the command of Gen. George S. Custer.  The hills and mountains I roamed as a boy was previously known as “Mosby’s Confederacy”- thanks to the courage and savvy of  the guerillas led by Col. John S. Mosby, the […]

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Wash. Post Maligns Mountainside Where I was Raised?

OK, maybe “maligns” is too strong of a word.  The Washington Post has a front page article today on the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, located just south of Front Royal, Virginia.  The Smithsonian research facility is on the same turf that was the Beef Cattle Research Station where I grew up.  The Post article mentions that […]

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