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FDR’s Great Gold Robbery

Today is the anniversary of one of President Franklin Roosevelt’s worst infamies – his confiscation of privately-owned gold.  I wrote the following article in 1999 for Sheldon Richman at the Foundation for Economic Education. This article was a spinoff of Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Citizen (St. […]

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FDR, Demagogue Champion of Leviathan and War

Libertarian Institute, April 13, 2020 FDR, Demagogue Champion of Leviathan and War by Jim Bovard | Sunday was the 75th anniversary of the death of Franklin Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was sainted by the media even before he died in 1945. CNN last week trumpeted FDR as “the wartime president who Trump should learn from.” A 2019 […]

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Yalta and the Death of the “Good War”

The American Conservative, February 18, 2020 Yalta and the Death of the ‘Good War’ by James Bovard FDR’s complicity in Stalin’s post-WWII bloodletting started a trend of lies and hypocrisy in U.S. foreign policy. Yalta summit in February 1945 with (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin. (public domain) *** This […]

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FDR’s Worst Perversion of Freedom

Mises Institute, January 17, 2019 FDR’s Worst Perversion of Freedom: The “Four Freedoms” Speech by James Bovard Franklin Roosevelt did more than any other modern president to corrupt Americans’ understanding of freedom. Last week was the 75th anniversary of his 1944 speech calling for a second Bill of Rights to guarantee economic freedom to Americans. […]

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The Disaster of Federal Farm Policy

Mises Institute THE DISASTER OF FEDERAL FARM POLICY by James Bovard Someone once defined metaphysics as searching in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there. For the last 35 years in Washington, I have been searching for rational government policies. And, like that black cat, I’m starting to doubt that it is […]

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FFF: FDR Farm Folly Lessons for ObamaCare

– From the Future of Freedom Foundation FDR Farm Folly Lessons for ObamaCare  by James Bovard As the Obama administration wreaks further havoc on health care, many people expect the politicians to recognize their follies and relent. However, history indicates that rulers will continue seizing new power regardless of how much wreckage results. The farm […]

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MP3 Podcast of Today’s IRS Interview with WWL’s Garland Robinette

New Orleans’ radio host Garland Robinette and I  had a jolly time kicking around IRS history today on WWL radio. Listening to the traffic report before the show began, I was amused to hear a reference to the “Huey Long Bridge.” Since my Wall Street Journal piece talked about FDR’s targeting of Huey Long, it was […]

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