James Bovard, FFF

James Bovard


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Past articles by James:


Biden Weaponizes Hate to Win Votes – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Historian Henry Adams observed a century ago that politics “has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” President Biden confirmed this axiom in his raging speeches prior to the mid-term congressional elections.The media has focused far more on political rhetoric than on Biden’s abuses of power.[Click to Tweet] Throughout his career, Biden has relied on a two-step routine —first… → Read More

Decorum Propels D.C. Deceit

During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Joe Biden uncorked a series of howlers that eventually spurred heckling from Republican members of Congress. Pundits raced to condemn the backlash to Biden “You saw real white trash on display,” declared James Carville on MSNBC. Carville, who served as President Bill Clinton’s hit man, claimed he had a “the equivalent of a Ph.D. in white… → Read More


Biden’s Bloated IRS Will Skewer Taxpayers – The Future of Freedom Foundation

The Internal Revenue Service is perhaps the ultimate sacred cow in Washington. It is the “goose that lays the golden eggs” for the city’s power and prestige, delivering trillions of dollars to politicians to work miracles (or at least get reelected). When criticism erupted over the 87,000 new revenooers to be hired thanks to Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, Washington’s Defenders of Correct… → Read More

FBI Cointelpro is Back and Worse Than Ever

Elon Musk has opened the floodgates to expose the FBI’s latest war on Americans’ freedom of speech. The FBI massively intervened to pressure Twitter to suppress accounts and tweets from individuals the FBI disapproved, including parody accounts. The FBI and other federal agencies also browbeat Facebook, Instagram, and many other tech companies. → Read More

Obama's Forgotten Child Hunger Debacle

At a White House summit tomorrow, President Joe Biden will repeat his proclamation of a goal to end hunger in America by 2030. In 1969, President Richard Nixon promised to end hunger at a similar White House summit. The vast expansion of federal food assistance after Nixon’s pledge failed to end the problem, but that won’t deter Biden from claiming that new federal handouts will end hunger.… → Read More

Will Punch-Drunk Biden Take America Down with Him?

President Biden often looks like a punch-drunk old fighter sent into the ring once too often. At this point, the only thing lower than Biden’s approval numbers is his energy level. Is Uncle Joe too old to rebound? At this point, Biden is running on little more than fumes and righteousness. In his televised antigun speech Thursday night, Biden proclaimed that he expected most people “to turn your… → Read More


The Latest Media Assault on Freedom – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Prominent journalists are calling for the media to champion a “pro-democracy” bias in how they portray politicians and government agencies. But tub-thumping for democracy — or at least for politicians who claim to be pro-democracy — is a poor substitute for exposing the proliferation of government abuses. Freedom will be the victim if journalists grasp a new pretext to portray government as a… → Read More

From Canadian truckers to European protests, the world is fed up with COVID crackdowns

Even without the taint of leaders breaking their own COVID restrictions, heavy-handed government policies are evoking pushback around the world. → Read More

Who screwed up COVID-19 testing? Blame Trump, Biden and our health care bureaucracy.

Under Donald Trump, the CDC sent out poorly designed, contaminated tests that recorded false readings. Under Joe Biden, testing is still in shambles. → Read More

The DC Sniper Rampage: The Biggest Police Debacle of the Century?

Those who forget police debacles could be the victims of the next law enforcement fiasco. Former Montgomery County, Maryland, police chief Charles Moose passed away on Thanksgiving Day. He became famous as the most prominent law enforcement official during a three-week sniper rampage in the Washington area in 2002. The Washington Post ran a front-page piece on his death, and career and local… → Read More


The Biden Crackdown on Thought Crimes – The Future of Freedom Foundation

The Biden administration is seeking to radically narrow the boundaries of respectable American political thought. The administration has repeatedly issued statements and reports that could automatically castigate citizens who distrust the federal government. We may eventually learn that the new Biden guidelines spurred a vast increase in federal surveillance and other abuses against Americans… → Read More

Supreme Court Should End 'State Secrets' Shield

"State Secrets" is often invoked to give federal agencies a free pass from justice, without having to explain why. → Read More

Protectionism Is Immoral, Unjust, and Corrupt

Protectionism is reviving in Washington on both sides of the political aisle. Democrats are cheering proposals to restrict trade to benefit labor unions and save the environment while some Republicans are reviving Smoot-Hawley style salvation schemes. Protectionist advocates routinely seize the moral high ground—at least as it is scored in Washington—by promising that restricting imports will… → Read More

Ambrose Bierce’s Pro-Freedom Cynicism

The friends of freedom must recognize the verbal charades that sway people to surrender their rights and liberties. The political establishment and its media allies are continually abusing the English language to lull people into submission. From pupils being required to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day to adults being endlessly hectored to vote, Americans are… → Read More

The Coming ‘January 6’ Train Wreck

With the DOJ's first sentencing, the legal realities are disappointing the left's lust for blood. → Read More

The ‘Honest History’ Fraud

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten recently proclaimed that her union members have a right to teach “honest history” in government classrooms. But putting politicians, bureaucrats, and union zealots in charge of a curriculum is the worst recipe for candor. Rather than truth, the likely result will be vaccinating young Americans from recognizing how Leviathan imperils… → Read More

Why NSA vs Tucker Carlson Is an Alarm Bell For All Americans

Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s charge that the National Security Agency illegally spied on him and leaked his emails is enraging prominent liberals. Carlson sought “to sow distrust [of the NSA], which is so anti-American,” declared MSNBC analyst Andrew Weissman, formerly the chief prosecutor for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. CNN senior correspondent Oliver Darcy ridiculed Carlson for… → Read More

The ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Charade

Biden’s “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism" report last week declared that “enhancing faith in American democracy” requires “finding → Read More


The Deep State Defeat of Donald Trump – The Future of Freedom Foundation

“The Trump–Deep State clash is a showdown between a presidency that is far too powerful versus federal agencies that have become fiefdoms with immunity for almost any and all abuses,” I wrote in an FFF article a year ago. Since then, Donald Trump lost the 2020 election by fewer than 50,000 votes in a handful of swing states that determined the Electoral College result. There were numerous issues… → Read More

Biden's Buffoonish War on Extremism

'Extremism' is a meaningless word weaponized by politicians against their enemies. → Read More