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James Bovard

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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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How Government Buys Your Support

Taxes and SpendingU.S. EconomyU.S. HistoryPolitical Theory

02/17/2016The Austrian
Bribes can work both ways. Sometimes it pays to bribe politicians for what you want. But voters will often happily exchange votes for free stuff. In fact, the latter strategy has been proven to work wonders if one wants a bigger government.

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The Washington Intellectual Gravy Train

Big Government

06/17/2015The Austrian
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 Absurdity of "Reform" in DC

Big GovernmentTaxes and SpendingU.S. History

03/02/2015The Austrian
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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American Tariffs and Wars From the Revolution to the Depression

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

11/01/2014Mises Daily
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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Jim Bovard: Libertarian Muckraker

06/13/2014
Jim Bovard talks with Jeff Deist about his incendiary career as a journalist, the American people as Mencken's "Booboisie", and why the Nanny State has him stocking-up on cigars.

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