James Bovard

James Bovard - 2020-07-05 - Original post - cached version

Bill Swarm, C&O Canal Towpath, June 13, 2020

Bill Swarm, one of my favorite hikers, passed away in a drowning accident on Thursday at Virginia Beach. For the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of hiking with Bill and his...

James Bovard - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version
Mises Institute, July 2, 2020  How Collecting Old Coins Taught Me to Never Trust the Government by James Bovard

Old coins vaccinated me against trusting politicians long before I grew my first scruffy beard. I began collecting coins when I was eight years old in 1965, the year President Lyndon...

James Bovard - 2020-07-02 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, July 2, 2020 Independence Day in the Midst of Dictatorship James Bovard

– July 2, 2020

How many Americans will greet July 4th Day with gratitude that their governor is no longer compelling them to “shelter in place” or “stay at home...

James Bovard - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Here is a link to an audio version of my Mises Institute article, “Repealing Useless and Abusive Laws Might Do More Good Than “Defunding” the Police.”    Thanks to Millian Quinteros for reading the piece.

James Bovard - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version

Photograph Source: TSGT Victor Trisvan – Public Domain

Counterpunch, June 30, 2020 Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities Exposed in New Indictment

by James Bovard

President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just...

James Bovard - 2020-06-30 - Original post - cached version
From the website: 6/26/20 Jim Bovard on American Atrocities in Kosovo and Korea

Jim Bovard exposes the false claim that Bill Clinton presided over a peaceful administration, pointing out the horrible atrocities of the “humanitarian” intervention in Kosovo. Clinton launched...

James Bovard - 2020-06-27 - Original post - cached version

This week is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.  Here is my hat tip to a veteran of that war I met decades ago at the Baltimore Bus Station.

Baltimore Sun, November 9, 2018 On Veterans Day, I remember ‘Bobie’ from Baltimore

by James Bovard

Veterans Day is a time...

James Bovard - 2020-06-26 - Original post - cached version
Future of Freedom Foundation Impeachment Reminder of Our Toxic Foreign Aid

by James Bovard

Foreign aid to Ukraine helped spur the Democrats’ effort to impeach and remove President Trump earlier this year....

James Bovard - 2020-06-26 - Original post - cached version
Libertarian Institute, June 26, 2020 Kosovo Indictment Proves Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities

by James Bovard

President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just got indicted for mass murder, torture, kidnapping, and other crimes against humanity. In 1999, the Clinton...

James Bovard - 2020-06-26 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, June 26, 2020 The Korean War Atrocities No One Wants to Talk About

For decades they covered up the U.S. massacre of civilians at No Gun Ri and elsewhere. This is why we never learn our lessons.

by  Jim Bovard

June 25th was the...

James Bovard - 2020-06-24 - Original post - cached version

My final summer at Camp Rock Enon, 1970, shortly before finishing requirements for Eagle

Chicago AM 560 and Salem Radio host Dan Proft and I had fun in this 13 minute interview hammering the TSA, statue-hating rioters, overheated...

James Bovard - 2020-06-23 - Original post - cached version

Thanks to Peter Quinones for this meme

Mises Institute, June 23, 2020 Repealing Useless and Abusive Laws Might Do More Good Than “Defunding” the Police

by James Bovard

“Defund the Police” is the latest rallying...

James Bovard - 2020-06-18 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, June 18, 2020 D.C.’s Iron Curtain of Secrecy Endangers The Economy and Everything Else

by James Bovard

The Trump administration is threatening to sue John Bolton for unauthorized disclosures in his new book dishing dirt on Trump from their private...

James Bovard - 2020-06-15 - Original post - cached version
Virtue Signaling Maryland Officials Ignore Brutal Killing By Their Own Cops

They boast outrage over George Floyd, but refuse to tell us why Duncan Lemp was shot sleeping in his own bed.

Duncan Lemp in 2019 (Courtesy of Lemp family) and stock photo SWAT CLP...
James Bovard - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version
USA TODAY, June 11, 2020 Under four presidents, the Feds neglected duty to collect statistics on police killings Why has the Justice Department failed to follow a law from 1994? by James Bovard

The brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has been condemned by...

James Bovard - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

© 2014 Shelly ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ . Licensed under CC-BY.

People sometimes ask me: “Have you always been hated?”  I’m not sure – I can’t vouch for my early years before I started writing.   But, despite my unceasing efforts to appease critics...

James Bovard - 2020-06-11 - Original post - cached version

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...

James Bovard - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Hearty thanks to Brandon J. Snider for upgrading my blog and my website. Brandon is a WordPress/Centos virtuoso and is also patient with a customer whose tech savvy might best be described as “rustic.”

Brandon also masterminds the blog for a well-known libertarian professor.

If you...

James Bovard - 2020-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Bretigne Shaffer

Author Bretigne Shaffer and I had a zesty 30 minute chat on how how America is sliding into authoritarianism on her podcast. Seems unlikely that politicians will ever be held responsible for all the damage they...

James Bovard - 2020-06-04 - Original post - cached version
Mises Institute, June 4, 2020 The Media Has Conveniently Forgotten George W. Bush’s Many Atrocities

by James Bovard

Former president George W. Bush has returned to the spotlight to give moral guidance to America in these troubled times. In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush...

James Bovard - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, June 3, 2020 Civil Liberties Trump’s Finger on the Martial Law Trigger

by James Bovard

Giving the military total power would be a political nuclear bomb, provoking more unrest than we have now.

|12:01 am Jim Bovard


James Bovard - 2020-06-01 - Original post - cached version

NOTE: AIER website is currently down so I am redirecting traffic to my posting of this article I did for them today.

American Institute for Economic Research, June 1, 2020 The Real Looters are the Politicians James Bovard

The brutal killing of George Floyd by...

James Bovard - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version
Mises Institute, May 28, 2020 Politicians’ COVID Mania Ravages Maryland by James Bovard

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 by James Bovard

Maryland politicians have destroyed more than four hundred thousand jobs in dictatorial responses purporting to thwart the coronavirus pandemic. “Nearly...

James Bovard - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version
Libertarian Institute, May 25, 2020 Memorial Day: Remembering the Political Lies that Spurred Mass Killing

by Jim Bovard | May 25, 2020

On Memorial Day, the media do their usual sacralizing of war. Instead, it should be a day for the ritualized...

James Bovard - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version
Mises Institute, May 19, 2020 Hacksawing the Economy: How Lockdowns Are in the Tradition of Civil War Surgeons by James Bovard Listen to the Audio Mises Wire version of this article.

Politicians and government health officials’ justification for decreeing shutdowns of vast swaths of...

James Bovard - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version


Will the Political Class Be Held Liable For What They’ve Done? James Bovard

– May 21, 2020


Politically-dictated lockdowns and prohibitions have recently destroyed tens of millions of American jobs. Politicians...

James Bovard - 2020-05-30 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, May 30, 2020 Cops Kill Because We Gave Them The Legal Framework to Do It

Rather than burning and looting, protesters should turn their ire on lawmakers and judges who facilitate police immunity.

George Floyd moments before his death in...
James Bovard - 2020-05-04 - Original post - cached version
Libertarian Institute, May 4, 2020 50 Years Of Unhinged, Televised Presidential Warmongering

by Jim Bovard

Fifty years ago, President Richard Nixon popped up on national television on a Thursday night to proudly announce that he invaded Cambodia...

James Bovard - 2020-05-02 - Original post - cached version

Duncan Lemp, 2019

Radio host David Gornoski and I discussed the Duncan Lemp killing and coverup on his show yesterday on Newstalk Florida 1040 AM in Tampa Bay.  David had excellent questions on how the Montgomery County Police...

James Bovard - 2020-04-29 - Original post - cached version

Duncan Lemp, 2019

WVHU Host Tom Roten

Tom Roten, the morning host on iHeart radio station WVHU and other stations, had me on his program today to discuss the...

James Bovard - 2020-04-28 - Original post - cached version

Libertarian Institute boss Scott Horton had me back on his radio show this morning to discuss the latest on the Duncan Lemp case.   Lemp was fatally wounded when a Montgomery County SWAT team fired through his bedroom window without warning at 4:30 a.m. on March 12.  The fatal assault...

James Bovard - 2020-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Folks protested the SWAT killing of Duncan Lemp this morning at Montgomery County Police Headquarters. Lemp family members showed up regardless of the county prosecutor’s threat that they might be arrested for violating Gov. Hogan’s ban on “non-essential” activities during the pandemic. Roughly...

James Bovard - 2020-04-25 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, April 25, 2020 County Puts Bag Recycling Before Grocery Workers’ Health

A liberal Maryland municipality caved to environmentalists and is sustaining a tax on single use plastic bags amid COVID.

by James Bovard

Politicians nowadays...

James Bovard - 2020-04-23 - Original post - cached version
A merican Conservative, April 23, 2020 Duncan Lemp’s Parents Threatened With Jail For Protesting His Killing

While mum on why a SWAT team shot the software developer while he lay sleeping, a Maryland prosecutor suggests COVID order trump’s Bill of Rights.

James Bovard - 2020-04-17 - Original post - cached version

Folks on Twitter are encouraging people to post photos of themselves when they were 20 years old.  Here’s my passport photo from then —

James Bovard - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Thomas Szasz, the great Hungarian-American champion of freedom, was born 100 years ago today. Tom was one of the great heroes of liberty of the modern era. Scholar Sheldon Richman aptly labeled Szasz “the most underappreciated libertarian.” His work had severed the chains on vast numbers of...

James Bovard - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version
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...

James Bovard - 2020-04-07 - Original post - cached version

White House sez wear a mask, I wear a mask. But I don’t expect to get hired as a mask consultant.

For the record: I’ve been wearing masks for several weeks.  In my March 24 Daily Caller oped on Pandemic Security Theater, I wrote: “Before granting politicians any more powers, we...

James Bovard - 2020-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Bogus fears can produce real servitude. We cannot permit politicians to exploit the pandemic to seize vast new power in perpetuity. COVID-19 is a real threat but so too is Leviathan.

James Bovard - 2020-04-03 - Original post - cached version

David Gornoski, a pro-freedom radio host and writer in Orlando, and I had fun smacking the FDA around on his “Neighbor’s Choice” show Wednesday night on IHEARTRADIO WFLA 93.1 FM, 94.1 FM, and 540 AM on NewsRadio Orlando.  David brings plenty of skepticism to anything the government does and that...

James Bovard - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version
Mises Institute, April 1, 2020 It’s Time to Track the FDA’s Death Toll by James Bovard

The Food and Drug Administration helped turn the coronavirus from a deadly peril into a national catastrophe. Long after foreign nations had been ravaged and many cases had been detected in America,...

James Bovard - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, March 30, 2020 Rediscovering the Classics Under Quarantine

by James Bovard

Thanks to coronavirus closings in most states, tens of millions of kids are at home for weeks or even the rest of the school year. This is an ideal opportunity to revive the natural love of...

James Bovard - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version
The Deep State’s Demolition of Democracy

by James Bovard

“Thank God for the Deep State,” declared former acting CIA chief John McLaughlin while appearing on a panel at the National Press Club last October. In...

James Bovard - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

I was one of the panelists tossing questions at Libertarian Party presidential candidates at the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania‘s convention on March 7.  Kudos to 3L Productions for making a superb video of the debate. Larry Sharpe did a great job of moderating the panel.  I asked Sharpe...

James Bovard - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version
American Renewal Pandemic Security Theater Is Self-Destructive, And Won’t Make Us Safer

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March 24, 2020 2:32 PM ET

Last week, President Donald Trump proclaimed that “we are at war with an invisible enemy,” and on Sunday he said, “I’m a wartime...

James Bovard - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Jon Utley, one of the most dedicated and principled pro-freedom activists in the nation, passed away yesterday. For 30 years, Jon was in the forefront of the antiwar movement since he spearheaded a group to oppose President George H.W. Bush’s war against Iraq. Jon was a rare voice of reason and...

James Bovard - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, March 18, 2020 The Mystery Deepens Over the Pre-Dawn Police Killing of Duncan Lemp

by James Bovard

Screengrab from Cryptocurrency Market Making With Duncan Lemp | You Tube Jim Bovard

Five days after shooting 21-year-old Duncan Lemp in a predawn raid,...


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