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Jamaica: No Free Market, No Miracle (1987)

This old article popped up in a Google search so I figured I would send it for another lap around the track.  The Freeman, December 1987   (Foundation for Economic Education) Jamaica: No Free Market, No Miracle by James Bovard James Bovard, a widely published writer on economic affairs, writes frequently on international developments. An earlier […]

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Idiot Policies Funnier in Portuguese?

Mises Brasil   [thanks for translating! Original English version is here; my 1987 Wall Street Journal oped is here] Alguns fatos cômicos (e patéticos) sobre o comércio internacional dentro do bloco soviético by James Bovard, November 12, 2019 Quando não estão matando, socialistas são uma comédia de erros Uma das maiores contribuições de Ludwig von […]

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My First Time to East Berlin

MY FIRST TIME IN EAST BERLIN by James Bovard This is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall — one of the most glorious moments in the modern history of freedom. I first passed through that wall while hitchhiking around Europe in the summer of 1977. After camping in West German woods […]

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Trump’s Biggest BS? No “Government Coercion” in America

Mises Institute, February 7, 2019 Trump’s Absurd Claim that Americans Are Free from Government Coercion by  James Bovard In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Trump received rapturous applause from Republicans for his declaration: “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, […]

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World Bank Is Still Bankrolling Tyranny

Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, announced today that he is quitting to take a better paying job in the private sector.  This is a good opportunity to reconsider the Bank’s long record of bankrolling tyranny – a sordid practice that continued under Kim’s presidency.  For decades, the World Bank has propped […]

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The Great Socialism Sex Charade

Vox is whooping up the wacky notion that “sex was better under socialism.” Tell that to Romanian women forced to undergo monthly gyno exams to outlaw abortions because the government proclaimed in 1985 that “the fetus is the socialist property of the whole society… Those who refuse to have children are deserters.” Women’s reproductive lives […]

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“Freedom from Want” is Slavery for All

The Mises Institute reposted a 1999 article I wrote for Sheldon Richman at The Freeman on how government handouts can subvert freedom. That piece was adapted from my book, Freedom in Chains: The Rise of the State and the Demise of the Individual (St. Martin’s Press).  Looking back on this 20 years later, I am […]

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