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My Convict Road Gang Summer

Libertarian Institute My Convict Road Gang Summer by Jim Bovard | Feb 17, 2020 I may have been a rube, but I knew enough not to startle the gargantuan glowering prison guard with that double-barreled shotgun propped on his beer belly. As a sixteen-year-old toiling in the hot sun in 1973 alongside convicts on a […]

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Scandal Rocks My Old Hometown, Front Royal, Virginia

My old hometown Front Royal made the front page of the Washington Post website today. There’s a scandal in the Economic Development Authority (EDA) – a busload of folks got indicted – lots of embezzlement charges flying around. EDA’s tend to be political slush funds and have been motherlodes of scandal forever. One news report […]

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Saluting My Father on Cow Appreciation Day

This is national Cow Appreciation Day. I salute my late father, Ken Bovard, an animal geneticist who spent his career researching beef cattle breeding. The 1958 photo below is from the Beef Cattle Research Station near Front Royal, Virginia. It was one of his all-time favorite photos and hung on the wall forever in our […]

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FFF: Boy Scouts and the Love of Freedom

Future of Freedom Foundation, Boy Scouts and the Love of Freedom by James Bovard October 18, 2016 Some of my anarcho-libertarian tendencies arose thanks to the years I spent as a Boy Scout. Joining the Scouts was an easy decision, since my father was a Scoutmaster. Even without the family obligation, I might have signed […]

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Anniversary of Hanging of Mosby’s Men in Front Royal, Virginia

This is the 150th anniversary of the execution of six of John S. Mosby’s Rangers by Union forces under the command of Gen. George S. Custer.  The hills and mountains I roamed as a boy was previously known as “Mosby’s Confederacy”- thanks to the courage and savvy of  the guerillas led by Col. John S. Mosby, the […]

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