“As long as enough people can be frightened, all people can be ruled.” Thanks to The Lion’s Roar for making this meme with a quote from Attention Deficit Democracy, updating that line for the age of Covid. And thanks to my friend Philip J. Crincoli Sr. for alerting me this meme.
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American Institute for Economic Research, March 10, 2021 Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy around the World James Bovard While the number of fatalities attributed to Covid-19 is carefully tracked by governments, few people have recognized how pandemic-spurred crackdowns have devastated democracy around the world. Emergency proclamations have entitled presidents and other government officials to seize vast new […]
Banning Guns Will Not Make Schools Safe by James Bovard School shootings have become the latest pretext for politicians to destroy the Second Amendment. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, declared in a Democratic presidential candidates’ debate, “I was part of the first generation that saw routine school shootings. We have now produced the […]
The media is railing about Trump for fearmongering ahead of the midterm elections. Like this never happened before? Like this is not the job description of modern politicians? Like Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton did not fearmonger whenever they could profit by spooking Americans? Trump is continuing a tradition that was firmly established by […]
Freeman, June 2011 Fear-Mongering and Servitude by James Bovard In his 1776 essay, “Thoughts on Government,” John Adams observed, “Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve […]
Here’s a rollicking discussion with Scott Horton, managing director of the Libertarian Institute, on the absurdities of the war on terror – and the BS of some of the backlash against Donald Trump. Here’s Scott’s summary: James Bovard, the author of many books including Attention Deficit Democracy, discusses the 70+ fusion centers funded by the […]