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Stop Trying to Rebrand Slavery

Libertarian Institute, September 27, 2022 Stop Trying to Rebrand Slavery by Jim Bovard | Sep 27, 2022 When did slavery become so chic? From The New York Times to the Aspen Institute to a bevy of failed generals and weaselly ex-diplomats, the caterwauling for mandatory national service is rising. After decades in which political betrayals […]

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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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Podcast on Ruby Ridge, Bundy Ranch, etc. with Peter Quinones

My USA Today oped earlier this week on presidential candidate Deval Patrick‘s role in the Ruby Ridge coverup is spurring some controversy.  Here’s a podcast I did last year with Pete Quinones (now with the Libertarian Institute) talking about Ruby Ridge, Bundy Ranch, and the dangers of federal agencies off the leash. You can listen […]

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AmeriCorps Boondoggle King Harris Wofford’s Toxic Legacy

American Conservative, January 30, 2019 Remembering an AmeriCorps Boondoggle Boss Harris Wofford’s legacy: expensive, government-directed “service” for silly politically approved causes. By James Bovard Harris Wofford, a former U.S. senator and long-time Democratic political operative who ran AmeriCorps from 1995 to 2001, died last week at the age of 92. The New York Times hailed Wofford […]

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17 Years of the War On Terrorism

Seventeen years after the 9/11 attacks, it is time to ask: Will America ever politically recover?  Politicians have exploited those day to seize so much power and launch attacks on so many foreign nations. Will this constitutional travesty never end? This is also the 15th anniversary of the publication of Terrorism and Tyranny: Trampling Freedom, […]

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Government as Slave Owner (2000)

The latest hubbub over whether slavery was the sole cause of the Civil War reminded me of this article on how modern governments have connived to seize unlimited power over citizens.   The Declaration of Independence was clear that Americans rights pre-existed the creation of government.  But today’s Statists see government as the fount of all rights.  What […]

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Thanks and R.I.P., Hugh Hefner

 Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, passed away yesterday at the age of 91.  One of his best lines serves also as his epitaph: “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dreams.”  Hefner was one of the great hellraisers of modern America and had a huge impact for much of the second half of the 20th century.  Playboy was a champion of freedom of speech and freedom of […]

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