Tag Archives | liberty

White-House-Iron-Fist-Twitter-sized-for-JPB-article-10-29-2020

Trust No One with the Presidency’s Powers (1988 & 2000)

Many Americans feel like they have a miserable choice of presidential candidates this year.  But the same pattern goes back at least to the end of the Reagan era. For decades, presidents have had far more power than they can be trusted with. Here are election season pieces I wrote on this theme in 1988 […]

Continue Reading
cuomofist-1200x762

Defining Despotism Down

American Institute for Economic Research, October 27, 2020 Defining Despotism Down James Bovard The simultaneous defining down of both democracy and despotism is 2020’s darkest legacy. Voters are recognizing that their ballots merely choose elective dictators who can exempt themselves from the Constitution simply by pronouncing the word “emergency.” At the same time, despotism is […]

Continue Reading
jpb add liberty cover shot

Podcast: “Why I Write” on Just Add Liberty

Big thanks to Rachel Watson-Kennerly for having me on her new Just Add Liberty podcast. We had fun smacking politicians and talking about journalism. I enjoyed the chance to kick hell out of Washington ways and the lame “Go Team Go!” standard for Washington writing. (My comments on writers refers specifically to Washington writers.) “After […]

Continue Reading
mises superman obama safe_image.php

Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty?

Mises Institute, October 23, 2020 Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty? by James Bovard The Supreme Court declared in 1943, “There is no mysticism in the American concept of the State or of the nature or origin of its authority.” In reality, the cardinal doctrines of contemporary democracy are layer upon layer of mystical claptrap. The […]

Continue Reading
lppa 2020 invite

MP3 Speech at Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania Conference

On Saturday, I gave a talk at the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party state convention.  There were so many great folks there and it was a pleasure to speak to a savvy, friendly audience.  Richard Schwarz did a pitch-perfect introduction that set the tone for the talk.  It’s hard not to like a guy who is always […]

Continue Reading
kissclipart-police-beating-man-clipart-police-officer-beat-b3e39c15cde60ddd

The “Officer Friendly” Police Fantasy

The “Officer Friendly” Police Fantasy by James Bovard Police in Tempe, Arizona, announced plans in July for a “positive ticketing” campaign to pull over drivers who had violated no traffic laws. A Phoenix TV station reported that the police would give the people they targeted free soft-drink coupons for Circle K as a reward for […]

Continue Reading