I lost a good friend today. For over 30 years, we talked on and off the air, stayed in each other's homes, dined out with our wives, argued about wines, guns and agreed on everything political. He called the morning after Connie died to give us the sad news. Lots of better memories will help deal his loss. I'm happy I was able to memorialize our first radio chat; Story 37 in my "50 Stories" book. Here is one of our last podcast from "Judging Freedom", recorded right after the 2016 election of President Trump.
Author Jim Bovard and I go back a few decades. Our initial on-air conversations were about his seminal works, "Lost Rights" and "Freedom in Chains". More books and more conversations followed. Over the intervening years, Jim's work hasn't improved; he was always at the top of his game. But the reasoning has seasoned and the edge has become keener. His message has never been clearer - or more urgent. BW Will Democracy’s Myths Doom Liberty? The Supreme Court declared in 1943, “There is no mysticism in the American concept of the State or of the nature or origin of its authority." In reality, the cardinal doctrines of contemporary democracy are layer upon layer of mystical claptrap. The phrases which consecrate democracy seep into many Americans’ minds like buried hazardous waste. If Joe Biden wins the presidential election, voters will be told that our political system is redeemed: the “will of the people” is now clear, Biden will rule with “the consent o