James Bovard Quotes

There are no harmless political lies about a war. The more such lies citizens tolerate, the more wars they will get.

James Bovard

The arrogance of power is the best hope for the survival of freedom.

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Truth is a lagging indicator in politics.

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In the long run, people have more to fear from governments than from terrorists. Terrorists come and go, but power-hungry politicians will always be with us.

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Citizens should distrust politicians who distrust freedom.

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A lie that is accepted by a sufficient number of ignorant voters becomes a political truth.

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It is impossible to destroy all alleged enemies of freedom everywhere without also destroying freedom in the United States.

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Killing foreigners is no substitute for protecting Americans.

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The Patriot Act treats every citizen like a suspected terrorist and every federal agent like a proven angel.

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Nothing happened on 9/11 that made the federal government more trustworthy.

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The principle of government supremacy is Clinton's clearest legacy.

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Clinton exploited and expanded the dictatorial potential of the U.S. presidency.

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The growth of government is like the spread of a dense jungle, and the average citizen can hack through less of it every year.

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The surest effect of exalting government is to make it easier for some people to drag others down.

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So much of political philosophy throughout history has consisted of concocting reasons why people have a duty to be tame animals in politicians cages.

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The Night Watchman State has been replaced by Highway Robber States governments in which no asset, no contract, no domain is safe from the fleeting whim of politicians.

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