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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.

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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...

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

Lea esto en Español

 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...

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