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Lockdowns Wrecked Democracy Around the World

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 […]

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Covid and Constitutional Roadkill

American Institute for Economic Research, November 3, 2020 Covid and Constitutional RoadKill James Bovard Is the U.S. Constitution the biggest roadkill on the 2020 campaign trail? Is faith in “American exceptionalism” blinding people to a death spiral of American democracy? According to much of the media, this is a single-issue election: “It’s the pandemic, stupid,” […]

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Hacksawing the Economy: Lockdowns as Civil War Amputations

Mises Institute, May 19, 2020 Hacksawing the Economy: How Lockdowns Are in the Tradition of Civil War Surgeons by James Bovard Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article. Politicians and government health officials’ justification for decreeing shutdowns of vast swaths of American life has been deterring the spread of COVID-19. According to […]

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Will the Political Class be Held Liable for Their Pandemic Wreckage?

  Will the Political Class Be Held Liable For What They’ve Done? James Bovard – May 21, 2020 Politically-dictated lockdowns and prohibitions have recently destroyed tens of millions of American jobs. Politicians have effectively claimed a right to inflict unlimited economic damage in pursuit of zero COVID-19 contagion. The perverse incentives driving the policy have […]

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