New York Post, May 26, 2023 Supreme Court strikes blow against bureaucratic tyranny in EPA case By James Bovard The Supreme Court on Thursday finally ended one of the most brazen examples of bureaucratic tyranny in modern times. Naturally, liberals were outraged and warned that curbing federal power will doom the environment. Congress enacted the […]
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N.Y. Post: Is Biden, like past presidents, unleashing the IRS on his enemies?
New York Post, March 29, 2023 Is Biden, like past presidents, unleashing the IRS on his enemies? By James Bovard Journalist Matt Taibbi testified March 9 before a congressional committee on the vast federally funded “censorship-industrial complex” the Twitter Files exposed. That same day, an IRS agent swooped down on his New Jersey home. Maybe […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]