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My July 4 Satire on Congress – New York Times

July 4th is my Independence Day, regardless of how depraved the government has become. Forty-two years ago, the New York Times printed a satire I wrote on the failure of the All-Volunteer Congress.  Some congressmen wanted to revive the military draft in order to have a higher quality army.  I showed that the same argument could […]

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Buttigieg’s Biggest Boondoggle: An Army Of Federally Funded Leftist Activists?

American Renewal Buttigieg’s Biggest Boondoggle: An Army Of Federally Funded Leftist Activists? James Bovard Contributor November 20, 2019 5:18 PM ET Democratic presidential frontrunner Pete Buttigieg is calling for a vast expansion of “national service” to enlist a million young Americans to perform federally approved activities. Buttigieg says his program will “repair the social fabric […]

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Bashing Congress in the New York Times on July 4th 40 Years Ago

A million years ago during the Carter administration, congressmen were calling for reviving military conscription because of the supposed failures of the All-Volunteer Force (started in 1973).  I wrote a satire calling for conscripting random citizens to be members of Congress because many of the existing representatives were dim-witted, mentally unstable liars incapable of performing […]

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USA TODAY: More Iron Fists to Save Democracy?

USA TODAY, November 8, 2017 Trump election anniversary and progressives’ delusional race to save democracy by James Bovard Some liberals think increasing government power will repair our broken civic life. But it would destroy the tattered remnants of federal legitimacy. Responding to the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, The Washington Post Magazine presented “38 ideas for […]

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FFF: Antiwar Awakening From a Baltimore Boozer

Future of Freedom Foundation Anti-War Awakening on a Bus Trip from Baltimore by James Bovard August 17, 2017 In the summer of 1975, I took off hitchhiking from the mountains of southwest Virginia to visit a college girlfriend in New England. Less than 300 miles into the trip, my thumb lost whatever magic it once […]

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