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James Bovard is the author of ten books, including Public Policy Hooligan, Attention Deficit Democracy, and Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty. Find him on Twitter @JimBovard.

James Bovard's Articles

Trump Must Expose Obama-Era Power Grabs

President-elect Donald Trump's opponents will likely portray him as governing in unprecedented and reckless ways. Trump should follow President Obama's example of exposing his predecessor's dirty deeds and expose how the Obama administration commandeered far more power than most Americans realized.

- January 11, 2017

Two Decades of Dictatorial Democracy

The 2016 election campaign is mortifying millions of Americans in part because the presidency has become far more dangerous in recent times.

- November 07, 2016

US Foreign Aid Is Jet Fuel for Corruption

John Kerry is upset about corruption — except the kind that he facilitates as Secretary of State.

- May 26, 2016

Oreo Is Leaving for Mexico and Trumpism Is to Blame

Sugar quotas protect American sugar farmers — at the expense of American cookie jobs.

- March 25, 2016

Obama's Speech Forgot the Victims of Government

The president should have addressed a sea of empty seats, not just one. 

- January 13, 2016

11 Outrageous Failures in the GOP's Trillion Dollar Bill

This tsunami of pork clocks in at over 2,000 pages, $1 trillion, and zero checks on federal power.

- December 21, 2015

The Census Helped Imprison Japanese Americans

Government databases on citizens have aided violations of civil rights, privacy, and confidentially in the past — and it could happen again. 

- November 24, 2015

Should Federal Agents Have a License to Kill?

It is absurd to presume that police are guilty any time they shoot a citizen, but it is equally absurd to presume that such killings are always justified. 

- November 10, 2015

No, 48 Million Americans Are Not Going Hungry

The USDA's study on "food insecurity" is calculated to mislead people about the scope of malnutrition. 

- September 10, 2015

Marco Rubio's Brave Defense of Corporate Welfare, Farm Subsidies, and Protectionism

Sugar subsidies destroy jobs and waste resources — and bankroll the politicians who support them.

- August 13, 2015

How Disability Law Went Nuts

The ADA promised a bright new era of equality and freedom. Instead, it spawned endless lawsuits and absurd federal decrees while harming the people it sought to relieve. 

- July 29, 2015

King John Tried to Butcher the Authors of Magna Carta

The history of Magna Carta shows that constitutions are only as strong as the people's will to enforce them. 

- June 15, 2015

How Government Turned Baltimore into Pottersville

Trusting federal housing subsidies to help save the city is the ultimate triumph of hope over experience. 

- May 27, 2015

Democracy Versus Liberty

Democracy is no guarantee of liberty; paying lip service to democracy, in fact, has provided excellent cover for some of America's worst violators of liberty, at home and abroad. 

- August 01, 2006

Uncle Sam's Flood Machine

When NASAs Pathfinder spacecraft landed on Mars in 1997 and sent back pictures showing that the planet was once flooded, comic Alan Ray quipped: "Of course, Mars lacks the one factor that makes high waters on Earth so much more devastating. Mars has no FEMA."

- January 01, 2006

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