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How Intellectuals Cured ‘Tyrannophobia’

American Conservative, July 24, 2020 How Intellectuals Cured ‘Tyrannophobia’ American presidents have adopted Hobbesian levels of power.   by  Jim Bovard Almost 400 years ago, English philosopher Thomas Hobbes wrote a book scoffing at tyrannophobia—the “fear of being strongly governed.” This was a peculiar term that Hobbes invented in Leviathan, since civilized nations had feared […]

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FDR, Demagogue Champion of Leviathan and War

Libertarian Institute, April 13, 2020 FDR, Demagogue Champion of Leviathan and War by Jim Bovard | Sunday was the 75th anniversary of the death of Franklin Roosevelt.  Roosevelt was sainted by the media even before he died in 1945. CNN last week trumpeted FDR as “the wartime president who Trump should learn from.” A 2019 […]

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The Hill: Yes, The FBI is America’s Secret Police

The Hill,   December 11, 2017 YES, THE FBI IS AMERICA’S SECRET POLICE by James Bovard Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and […]

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Bombing Libya vs. the Beefy Beauty Queen

The media is far more upset about Trump’s comments about a 1996 beefy beauty contestant than about Hillary Clinton’s carnage in Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and other places. My question for Hillary Clinton supporters: How many innocent people is a progressive prez candidate permitted to kill? Josef Stalin supposedly said: “A Single Death is […]

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