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Remember When Conservatives “Canceled” Anyone against the War on Terror? I Do.

9 days ago

Life in American changed twenty years ago after the 9/11 attacks. Many Americans became enraged at anyone who did not swear allegiance to Bush’s antiterrorism crusade. Original Article: “Remember When Conservatives “Canceled” Anyone against the War on Terror? I Do.” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Remember When Conservatives “Canceled” Anyone against the War on Terror? I Do.

11 days ago

Life in American changed twenty years ago after the 9/11 attacks. Many Americans became enraged at anyone who did not swear allegiance to President George W. Bush’s antiterrorism crusade. Anyone who denied “they hate us for our freedoms” automatically became an enemy of freedom. Plenty of stalwart defenders of liberty quickly found themselves banished from …

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Kabul’s Collapse and DC’s Incurable Arrogance

29 days ago

There is no reason to expect the Afghanistan debacle to humble Washington policymakers. Korean War fiascos were swept under the rug, paving the way for the Vietnam War. The cycle didn’t end there. Original Article: “Kabul’s Collapse and DC’s Incurable Arrogance” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Kabul’s Collapse and DC’s Incurable Arrogance

August 18, 2021

After the Taliban captured Kabul far faster than anyone in Washington forecast, secretary of state Tony Blinken went on Sunday morning talk shows and announced that the US mission in Afghanistan had been “successful.” Unfortunately, there will be plenty of robotic civil servants and political appointees who recite that deranged verdict in the coming years. There …

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Biden’s Rescue Act Targets Americans’ Freedoms

August 2, 2021

Since the 1800s, surly Americans have derided politicians for spending tax dollars “like drunken sailors.” Until recently, that was considered a grave character fault. But Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act shows that inebriated spending is now the path to national salvation. It was a common saying in America in the 1930s that “we cannot …

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Capitol Clash January 6 Terrorism Tweets

July 29, 2021

FBI informants played key roles in some of the most violent & controversial protests of this century. How many informants were involved in the January 6 Capitol clash? https://t.co/vV9JivGnsu pic.twitter.com/KB6udqAwu8
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) February 9, 2021

Have any members of Congress today demanded the release of the 14,000 hours of videotape taken inside the US Capitol from January 6? Full disclosure could settle many of the fierce controversies regarding that day.
— James Bovard (@JimBovard) July 27, 2021

Congressional hearing focuses on hearing of police officers. Would have helped to include the Inspector General & others who have exposed how horrendous failures by FBI, Capitol Police, & others left police outnumbered.
— James Bovard (@JimBovard)

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No Victory Lap For Governors Who Locked Down America

July 15, 2021

There are no fact-checkers for victory laps. Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo summarized his experience with the Covid-19 crisis: “Speaking for myself, it was a tremendous personal benefit.” Cuomo made that declaration in a speech concluding his one-year chairmanship of the National Governors Association. Because Cuomo’s spiel sought to rewrite history to exonerate politicians who ravaged Americans’ rights and liberties, it requires a rebuttal.
Cuomo declared that “we maximized the moment as governors. Governors have a new credibility. Governors have a new status.” Cuomo epitomized the rush to “absolute power” that occurred in governor’s mansions across the nation. After he fueled pandemic fears, the New York Times proclaimed, “Andrew Cuomo Is

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Guatemala: The Human Rights Nightmare That Is the US Drug War

June 29, 2021

Biden’s plan to give more money to Central American regimes will do nothing to compensate farmers, businessmen, and others still victimized by the US war on drugs. Original Article: “Guatemala: The Human Rights Nightmare That Is the US Drug War​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Biden’s Buffoonish War On ‘Extremism’

June 18, 2021

The Biden administration revealed on Tuesday that guys who can’t get laid may be terrorist threats due to “involuntary celibate–violent extremism.” That revelation is part of a new crackdown that identifies legions of potential “domestic terrorists” that the feds can castigate and investigate. But there is no reason to expect Biden administration anti-terrorism and anti-extremism efforts to be less of a farce and menace than similar post-9/11 campaigns.
Since the French Revolution, politicians have defined terrorism to stigmatize their opponents, a precedent followed by the Biden administration’s National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The report labels the January 6 clash at the Capitol as a “domestic terrorism”

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Guatemala: The Human Rights Nightmare That Is the US Drug War

June 8, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala earlier this week to bestow millions of dollars in new foreign aid on that government. The Biden administration is pretending that giving more US tax dollars to Central American governments will miraculously reduce the surge of illegal immigrants that Biden’s appointees are welcoming in Arizona, Texas, and elsewhere. The …

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Will Treason Mania Destroy America?

June 8, 2021

At the start of the Biden era, America is being torn apart by more allegations of treason than at any time since the Civil War. Historian Henry Adams observed a century ago that politics “has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” And few things spur hatred more effectively than tarring all political opponents as traitors.
The Founding Fathers carved the Constitution in light of the horrific political abuses that had proliferated in England in prior centuries. That was why there was a narrow definition of treason in the Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason

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The Bogus January 6 Commission Poses a Real Threat to Freedom

June 1, 2021

Biden and congressional Democrats are seeking to turbocharge their push for a new domestic terrorism law to permit widespread federal crackdowns on their opponents. Any rigged commission would likely pour gasoline on a fire that could singe far more American rights and liberties. Original Article: “The Bogus January 6 Commission Poses a Real Threat to …

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The Bogus January 6 Commission Poses a Real Threat to Freedom

May 25, 2021

“Truth will out” is the most popular fairy tale in Washington. Members of Congress are clashing over whether politicians will appoint an “independent” commission to reveal the facts behind the January 6 Capitol ruckus. Proponents are portraying the issue as a simple choice between “truth or Trump.” Recent history provides no reason to expect a …

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The Media Wants You to Trust Washington Again Now That Trump Is Gone

May 20, 2021

Perhaps reporter Michelle Kosinski is unaware that the Trump-era secrecy she denounced flourished mightily thanks to the beloved Obama administration. Kosinski’s mindset also helps explain why Americans’ trust in the media has collapsed. Original Article: “The Media Wants You to Trust Washington Again Now That Trump Is Gone​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored …

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The Media Wants You to Trust Washington Again Now That Trump Is Gone

May 12, 2021

Former CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski declared on Twitter last week that American journalists would “never expect … Your own govt to lie to you, repeatedly” and “Your own govt to hide information the public has a right to know.” Kosinski denounced “Trump’s unAmerican regime” and declared, “No one should accept this.” Kosinski’s comments epitomize …

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The 200th Anniversary of a Great American Demolition of Tyranny

April 9, 2021

This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the best American books on trade policy by one of the most thoughtful and least appreciated political analysts of the Founding Fathers era. I ran into John Taylor of Caroline when I was roaming the shelves of the Library of Congress in 1987. …

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The Never-Ending Battle between Leviathan and Liberty

March 24, 2021

Few political follies are more hazardous than presuming that one’s liberties are forever safe. If liberty is God’s gift to humanity, then why were most people who ever lived on Earth denied this divine bequest? Original Article: “The Never-Ending Battle between Leviathan and Liberty” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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The Deadly Precedent of the Waco Whitewash

March 23, 2021

The easiest way to achieve sainthood in Washington is to cover up a federal atrocity. Thus, it is no surprise that former senator John Danforth continues to be treated by the Washington Post as a visionary statesman. The Post showcased Danforth’s attack on Donald Trump in October after Trump derided the Commission on Presidential Debates. Danforth, a permanent member of that commission, is one of the top five “useful idiots for Leviathan,” according to the revised rankings after the death of John McCain.
In the 1990s, Danforth received plaudits for being a “moderate” Republican who supported gun control. But his true claim to establishment fame arose from his contortions to suppress the truth about Waco. Danforth appointed

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One Year Later: The Police Still Won’t Come Clean on Duncan Lemp’s Death

March 20, 2021

Local politicians have pretended the Lemp killing never happened and the media let them get away with it—the same way that most of the New York media covered Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home catastrophe last year. Original Article: “One Year Later: The Police Still Won’t Come Clean on Duncan Lemp’s Death” This Audio Mises Wire …

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The Never-Ending Battle between Leviathan and Liberty

March 18, 2021

The notion that Americans will always be free is part of the catechism that is force-fed to public school students. For hundreds of years, philosophers, politicians, and reformers have touted a law of history that assures the ultimate triumph of freedom. “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The urge for freedom will eventually come,” Martin …

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The Biggest Lies of the Impeachment Saga

February 25, 2021

The latest impeachment saga simply confirms Thomas Paine’s adage: “The trade of governing has always been monopolized by the most ignorant and the most rascally individuals of mankind.” Score another victory for the Swamp. Original Article: “The Biggest Lies of the Impeachment Saga” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by …

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The Biggest Lies of the Impeachment Saga

February 20, 2021

The Senate impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump confirms historian Henry Adams’s adage a century ago that politics “has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” The impeachment process was a farce that should fortify Americans’ disdain for Washington. Considering how Democrats are using the January 6 clash at the Capitol to justify enacting a …

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Troop Deployments in Washington Are a Disaster Waiting to Happen

February 10, 2021

“Tyranny in form is the first step towards tyranny in substance,” warned Senator John Taylor two hundred years ago in his forgotten classic, Tyranny Unmasked. As the massive National Guard troop deployment in Washington enters its second month, much of the media and many members of Congress are thrilled that it will extend until at least …

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In a Paranoid Nation, “Treason” Is Everywhere

January 31, 2021

In a free society, peaceful citizens deserve the legal benefit of the doubt. In an age where government agents have endlessly intruded onto people’s land and into their emails, citizens should not be scourged for transgressing unknown or unmarked federal boundaries. Original Article: “In a Paranoid Nation, “Treason” Is Everywhere” This Audio Mises Wire is …

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In a Paranoid Nation, “Treason” Is Everywhere

January 26, 2021

FBI agents across the nation are tracking down and arresting Trump supporters who walked into the US Capitol during the January 6 protest that turned into a brawl. Scores of protestors have already been charged with unlawful entry—“knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.” The media is treating this as …

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Let’s Abolish Those Presidential Medals of Freedom

January 19, 2021

The Washington Post is outraged that Donald Trump has sullied one of Washington’s most hallowed honors—Presidential Medals of Freedom. After the White House announced plans to bestow the medals on two Republican members of Congress and a football coach, the Post thundered that “Trump just underlines his own unworthiness when he makes a mockery of …

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A Collection of Bovardian Epigrams

October 30, 2020

Wisdom from James Bovard on the train wreck that is American democracy.  Original Article: “A Collection of Bovardian Epigrams​”.   This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.  

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Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty?

October 27, 2020

If Biden is elected, we will hear the same “redemption” storyline that was trumpeted when Obama replaced (temporarily) disgraced George W. Bush. The  media will insist that Biden’s inauguration purifies Uncle Sam. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty?”.

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Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty?

October 23, 2020

The Supreme Court declared in 1943, “There is no mysticism in the American concept of the State or of the nature or origin of its authority.” In reality, the cardinal doctrines of contemporary democracy are layer upon layer of mystical claptrap. The phrases which consecrate democracy seep into many Americans’ minds like buried hazardous waste. …

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