James Bovard Quotes

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

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The more that democracy is assumed to be inevitable, the more likely it will self-destruct.

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Democracy unleashes the State in the name of the people.

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As long as rulers are above the law, citizens have the same type of freedom that slaves had on days when their masters chose not to beat them.

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Instead of revealing the will of the people, election results are often only a one-day snapshot of transient mass delusions.

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

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

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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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