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Political Legitimacy Dies in 2020

American Institute for Economic Research, July 28, 2020 Political Legitimacy Dies in 2020 James Bovard The American political system may be on the eve of its worst legitimacy crisis since the Civil War. Early warning signals indicate that many states could suffer catastrophic failures in counting votes in November. The election will occur amidst the […]

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Sham Bailout Statistics Shroud Shutdown Tyranny

American Institute for Economic Research, July 16, 2020 Sham Bailout Statistics Shroud Shutdown Tyranny by James Bovard – July 16, 2020 Last month, I wrote a piece here condemning the Trump administration for refusing to disclose the beneficiaries of bailouts authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The following day, […]

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Independence Day in the Midst of Dictatorship

American Institute for Economic Research, July 2, 2020 Independence Day in the Midst of Dictatorship James Bovard – July 2, 2020 How many Americans will greet July 4th Day with gratitude that their governor is no longer compelling them to “shelter in place” or “stay at home” so they can celebrate their freedom? Most of […]

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D.C.’s Iron Curtain of Secrecy Endangers The Economy and Everything Else

American Institute for Economic Research, June 18, 2020 D.C.’s Iron Curtain of Secrecy Endangers The Economy and Everything Else by James Bovard The Trump administration is threatening to sue John Bolton for unauthorized disclosures in his new book dishing dirt on Trump from their private discussions when Bolton was National Security Advisor. Bolton, who has […]

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Hacksawing the Economy: Lockdowns as Civil War Amputations

Mises Institute, May 19, 2020 Hacksawing the Economy: How Lockdowns Are in the Tradition of Civil War Surgeons by James Bovard Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article. Politicians and government health officials’ justification for decreeing shutdowns of vast swaths of American life has been deterring the spread of COVID-19. According to […]

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Will the Political Class be Held Liable for Their Pandemic Wreckage?

  Will the Political Class Be Held Liable For What They’ve Done? James Bovard – May 21, 2020 Politically-dictated lockdowns and prohibitions have recently destroyed tens of millions of American jobs. Politicians have effectively claimed a right to inflict unlimited economic damage in pursuit of zero COVID-19 contagion. The perverse incentives driving the policy have […]

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