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Memorial Day: Remember Political Lies that Caused Soldiers to Die

Memorial Day: Remember Political Lies that Caused Soldiers to Die by James Bovard On Memorial Day, the media do their usual sacralizing of war. Instead, it should be a day for the ritualized scourging of politicians. During the last 70 years, their lies have resulted in the unnecessary deaths of almost 100,000 American soldiers and […]

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Pummeling the FBI and the Police State with Scott Horton MP3

Hell-raising talk show host Scott Horton and I gave a hearty flogging to illegal federal surveillance in this 26 minute interview spurred by this article in the American Conservative.  Below is the write-up on the show from Scott’s website: Jim Bovard discusses the way the American surveillance state has slowly dismantled the fourth amendment, especially […]

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Steel Follies and the Perils of Politically-Controlled Trade

American Institute for Economic Research, April 22, 2021 Steel Follies and the Perils of Politically-Controlled Trade James Bovard The Biden administration appears determined to perpetrate all of Trump’s economic follies while adding fresh blunders of its own. Trump was notorious for saying incorrect things on trade, such as his assertion that “trade wars are good, […]

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Terrorist Crackdowns Won’t Keep Us Safe

American Conservative, March 7, 2021 Terrorist Crackdowns Won’t Keep Us Safe The Bush administration’s post-9/11 domestic crusade is a cautionary tale for post-1/6 America.   March 6, 2021 |12:01 am James Bovard President Biden, congressional Democrats, and much of the media are clamoring for a new law against domestic terrorism. Before enacting a new law, […]

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Biden and the Death of Free Speech

American Conservative, January 25, 2021 Joe Biden and the Death of Free Speech The president’s first day was marked by a harsh crackdown on the right to protest. So much for a return to normalcy. January 25, 2021 |James Bovard The media loved Joe Biden’s inauguration: his platitude-laden speech and his calls for “unity” struck […]

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Let’s Abolish Those Presidential Medals of Freedom

Mises Institute, January 19, 2021 Let’s Abolish Those Presidential Medals of Freedom Tags U.S. History 1 min agoJames Bovard The Washington Post is outraged that Donald Trump has sullied one of Washington’s most hallowed honors—Presidential Medals of Freedom. After the White House announced plans to bestow the medals on two Republican members of Congress and […]

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Extremism as a Ticket to Tyrannize

“Extremism” as a Ticket to Tyrannize by James Bovard “Extremists” are one of the famous bogeymen that American politicians invoke to sanctify their own power. But the definition of “extremism” has forever been in flux. The only consistent element in definitions of extremism is that politicians always win. In the 1770s, people who suggested that […]

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