American Conservative, July 24, 2020 How Intellectuals Cured ‘Tyrannophobia’ American presidents have adopted Hobbesian levels of power. by Jim Bovard Almost 400 years ago, English philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote a book scoffing at tyrannophobia—the “fear of being strongly governed.” This was a peculiar term that Hobbes invented in Leviathan, since civilized nations had feared […]
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Bogus fears can produce real servitude. We cannot permit politicians to exploit the pandemic to seize vast new power in perpetuity. COVID-19 is a real threat but so too is Leviathan.
I will write more on this shortly…. Unmentioned in Assange arrest coverage – the US govt. after 9/11 dropped an Iron Curtain around itself. @wikileaks exposed US govt. crimes no one else would touch. https://t.co/MMahFJqyc6 — James Bovard (@JimBovard) April 11, 2019 Julian Assange is charged with "conspiracy to commit computer intrusion." What about […]
My old friend Ernie Hancock and I had a rowdy hour-long chat this morn about Ruby Ridge, William Barr, AmeriCorps, and Leviathan’s next big surprise. You can listen to the show by clicking on this link to Ernie’s “Declare Your Independence” radio show audio files – Or you can click on the MP3 files below […]
The American Conservative Seymour Hersh and the Disappearing Iconoclast He won a Pulitzer for My Lai and cracked Abu Ghraib wide open. But this reporter is still a lonely breed. By James Bovard • August 17, 2018 Journalist Seymour Hersh in 2009. Credit: Institute for Policy Studies/Flickr Seymour Hersh, Reporter: A Memoir, Sy Hersh. Knopf, June […]
On Thomas Hobbes’ birthday, this warning should be heeded by the Leviathans that now rule most of the world: “When men build on false grounds, the more they build, the greater is the ruin.” I used that line as the header quote for the final chapter of Freedom in Chains (1999). Now if only I […]
Red-Green Delusions on Soviet-Bloc History by James Bovard February 28, 2018 The New York Times is running a series of “Red Century” articles extolling some of the virtues of communism on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Last August, the Times showcased a Yale University lecturer rhapsodizing about the Soviets’ environmental record in a […]