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Biden the Bogus Benevolent Dictator

Biden the Bogus Benevolent Dictator by James Bovard On July 4, President Biden declared, “Liberty is under assault … rights we assumed were protected are no longer.” Biden, however, was referring solely to a few Supreme Court decisions he deplored, not to the federal supremacy he championed for almost 50 years in the Senate and […]

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More Wetlands Purgatory for American Landowners

American Institute for Economic Research, September 3, 2021 More Wetlands Purgatory for American Landowners James Bovard How many drops of water does it take to justify federal bureaucrats commandeering your own land? Unfortunately, a federal judge changed the answer on Monday – the latest flip-flop in a saga stretching back more than 30 years and […]

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Tom Bethell, R.I.P.

Tom Bethell, a British expat with one of the most graceful writing styles in Washington, passed away last month at the age of 84.  For going on 40 years, Tom was a columnist for the American Spectator.  I wrote for the Spectator in the mid-late 1990s, and Tom was always one of my fav folks […]

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Playboy: Ken Starr’s Greatest Hits Against the Constitution

President Trump added former Special Counsel Ken Starr to his legal team for his Senate impeachment trial.  Starr is idolized by some conservatives but when he was Solicitor General for President George H.W. Bush, he championed some of the worst civil liberties abuses in modern times. Here’s my 1999 Playboy piece on his forgotten record. […]

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Supreme Court: The Dog That Didn’t Bark

Mises Institute, September 26, 2018 The Supreme Court: The Dog that Didn’t Bark by James Bovard The furor over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is spurring many commentators to bewail that the Supreme Court has become too powerful. But the real problem is that the Court is now often little more than a fig leaf […]

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Property and Liberty

On the hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, here’s an essay I wrote on why private property rights are the foundation of individual liberty.  Where private property rights are nullified, people  live at the mercy of bureaucrats and politicians.  This spinoff from my 1999 book Freedom in Chains, was published by the Freeman in 2000 […]

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FFF: Supreme Demolition for the Raisin Racket

From the Future of Freedom Foundation – Supreme Demolition for the Raisin Racket by James Bovard The December 2013 Future of Freedom contained my article “A Supreme Rebuff for USDA’s Ruinous Raisin Regime.” The legal case surrounding that controversy kept percolating in the courts for another 18 months. The Obama administration won a big victory […]

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