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D.C. yard sign in swank Georgetown neighborhood warns: Wear a facemask or you will murder RBG!

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James Bovard - 2020-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Nineteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the War on Terror is still the biggest sham of this century. President George W. Bush promised to “rid the world of evil” and instead unleashed war and carnage.  American troops are now fighting in 14 nations as part of an endless crusade against “...

James Bovard - 2020-09-09 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, September 9, 2020 The War on Terror Presaged Covid Mania by James Bovard

 

This week is the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. America never recovered politically from those attacks...

James Bovard - 2020-08-30 - Original post - cached version
Daily Caller / American Renewal August 29, 2020 How Joe Biden Embraces Democrats’ Shutdown Insanity

James Bovard

“We’ll have a national mandate to wear a mask — not as a burden but as a patriotic duty to protect one another,” declared Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at...

James Bovard - 2020-08-25 - Original post - cached version
Roosevelt’s Fraud at Yalta and the Mirage of the “Good War”

by James Bovard

This year is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two. One of the biggest frauds of the final stage of that war was the...

James Bovard - 2020-08-22 - Original post - cached version

U.S.S. Stark listing badly after hit by 2 Exocet missiles from Iraqi plane, 1987

U.S. government policy in the Middle East has been consistently idiotic for more than a third of a century.  Here’s  the first article I wrote...

James Bovard - 2020-08-18 - Original post - cached version
American Institute on Economic Research, August 18, 2020 Mail Slowdowns Started 50 Years Before Trump

by James Bovard

Democrats and much of the media are screaming bloody murder over President Trump’s latest Postal Service reforms. Trump recently approved an extra $10 billion in federal...

James Bovard - 2020-08-17 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, August 17, 2020 Turns Out Michelle Obama’s Obesity Campaign Was a Flabby Flop

One thing you won’t hear about the feted former first lady at the DNC tonight: kids actually gained weight under her program.

by Jim Bovard

Former First...

James Bovard - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version
Daily Caller / American Renewal Can Ending ‘Endless Wars’ Save Trump’s Presidency?

Photo by SugaBom86/Shutterstock; Edits by Grae Stafford/DCNF

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August 13, 2020 9:09 PM ET

Four years ago...

James Bovard - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Salem Radio host Dan Proft and I had fun smacking around COVID-spurred school shutdowns on his nationally syndicated show. Those shutdowns are inflicting so much damage on so many kids.  Some teachers insist that they cannot work again until schools are absolutely safe.  But as Thoreau said, “A...

James Bovard - 2020-08-14 - Original post - cached version

My recommendation for getting through 2020: “Drink heavily and buy more ammo.” Had fun joining Jacob Hornberger & Richard Ebeling on the The Future of Freedom Foundation podcast, bantering about my “Why I Write” essay. I mentioned that the media tended to ignore any political scandals not...

James Bovard - 2020-08-11 - Original post - cached version

Mises Institute, August 11, 2020

Why I Write

by James Bovard

I was born in Iowa, raised in the mountains of Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech sporadically from 1974 to 1976 before dropping out to try my luck writing. At some point in the late 1970s, individual liberty became my...

James Bovard - 2020-08-07 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, August 7, 2020 Deceit and Demagoguery in Montgomery County, Maryland James Bovard

Across the nation, politicians and bureaucrats have invoked the COVID pandemic to seize dictatorial power to ban activities they disapprove. One of the most...

James Bovard - 2020-07-28 - Original post - cached version
I had fun on Chicago radio this morn with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson on their Morning Answer program exposing school shams and COVID cons and kicking Thomas Hobbes for good measure.   This YouTube video is the best case scenario:  videos of them but only audio of me. 

The...

James Bovard - 2020-07-28 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, July 28, 2020 Political Legitimacy Dies in 2020 James Bovard

The American political system may be on the eve of its worst legitimacy crisis since the Civil War. Early warning signals indicate that many states could suffer catastrophic...

James Bovard - 2020-07-24 - Original post - cached version
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—...

James Bovard - 2020-07-22 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, July 22, 2020 After 30 Years, Did the Disabilities Act Work? James Bovard

– July 22, 2020

Thirty years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed [7/26/1990] the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was supposed to create a new era of...

James Bovard - 2020-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Source: Victor Grigas – CC BY-SA 3.0

Counterpunch, July 22, 2020

Losing Thoreau in Boston

by James Bovard

Henry David Thoreau has inspired generation of Americans to live fuller, freer lives. From his story of...
James Bovard - 2020-07-21 - Original post - cached version

David Gornoski, a pro-freedom radio host and writer in Orlando, and I had fun thumping the REAL I.D. Act on his “Neighbor’s Choice” show this afternoon on IHEARTRADIO WFLA 93.1 FM, 94.1 FM, and 540 AM on NewsRadio Orlando.   The interview was spurred by my FFF article on how the REAL I.D. Act...

James Bovard - 2020-07-20 - Original post - cached version

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The REAL ID Act Ravages Our Liberty by James Bovard

July 20, 2020
National ID cards have been atop the command-and-control political wish list for decades. In the 1990s, Republican Congresses shot down efforts to move toward national identification cards. However,...

James Bovard - 2020-07-20 - Original post - cached version

I led a hike yesterday starting in upper D.C. and hooking through Georgetown and returning along the C & O Canal.  It was hotter than I druthered (heat index reached 107 today, it was almost as hot yesterday). None of the hikers died of heat stroke so all’s well that ends well.

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James Bovard - 2020-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Somebody was asking about this piece recently so I’m sending it for another lap around the track (or at least the blog).  An editing error in the posted version stated that Hersh won the Pulitzer for his 1972 New Yorker article on the My Lai massacre.  My original submission correctly stated...

James Bovard - 2020-07-19 - Original post - cached version

Google notified that my article from 20 years ago was recently reposted so I will run it up the flagpole here as well.   That piece was partially spun off from my 1999 book, Freedom in Chains (St. Martin’s Press.  Here is a paragraph from that book that did not make it into the article below:...

James Bovard - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version
American Institute for Economic Research, July 16, 2020 Sham Bailout Statistics Shroud Shutdown Tyranny by James Bovard

– July 16, 2020

Last month, I wrote a piece here condemning the Trump administration for refusing to disclose the beneficiaries of bailouts authorized by...

James Bovard - 2020-07-16 - Original post - cached version
Libertarian Institute, July 16, 2020 A Halo for the Civil War is Hogwash

by James Bovard

“If the people who started wars didn’t make them sacred, who would be foolish enough to fight?” said Rhett Butler, the savvy anti-hero in Gone with the Wind. Politicians, activist historians, and...

James Bovard - 2020-07-11 - Original post - cached version
Mises Institute, July 11, 2020 You Don’t Have to “Cultivate Poverty” to Pursue Truth, Contrary to Thoreau

by James Bovard

Henry David Thoreau has inspired generation of Americans to live fuller, freer lives. From his story of spending a night in jail as a tax protestor in “Civil...

James Bovard - 2020-07-09 - Original post - cached version
American Conservative, July 9, 2020 19th Century Radical Chic: How Transcendentalists’ Swooned Over John Brown

Thoreau and Emerson’s effort to canonize the abolitionist fanatic helped spark the Civil War.

 by  Jim Bovard

Many Americans have been...

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.

https://jimbovard.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/jpb-mises-article-on-...

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 ScottHorton.org 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

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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...

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