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James Bovard

James Bovard is the author of ten books, including 2012’s Public Policy Hooligan, and 2006’s Attention Deficit Democracy. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Washington Post, and many other publications.

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The Washington Intellectual Gravy Train

Mises DailyJune 17, 2015
Washington think tanks are anything but non-political temples to research. They employ out-of-office politicians with fat salaries and provide intellectual cover for the latest big government, anti-trade, and pro-war schemes.

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The Washington Intellectual Gravy Train

The AustrianJune 8, 2015
Think-tank intellectuals have long been glorified as champions of truth and defenders of society’s highest values. But in Washington, they serve as Leviathan‘s Praetorian Guard...

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The Absurdity of "Reform" in DC

Mises DailyMarch 2, 2015
Government will be so much better if we just adopt the latest fads in government reform, we’re told. Needless to say, modest reforms have a long record of total failure and the only answer is to make radical cuts to every government program...

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The Absurdity of "Reform" in DC

The AustrianFebruary 13, 2015
In the 1930s, peasants who were starving because of the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew!” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew!” And the solution...

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American Tariffs and Wars From the Revolution to the Depression

Mises DailyNovember 1, 2014
American revolutionaries revolted in part over high tariffs, but the new American state immediately began raising tariffs after the revolution, and tariffs have played an important role in American wars, imperialism, and crony capitalism ever since.

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