Last Rights: The Death of American Liberty

by Jim Bovard

About The Book

Americans today have “freedom” to be fleeced, groped, injected, harassed, surveilled, vilified, disarmed, beaten, detained, and maybe shot by federal agents. From hapless homeowners hit by SWAT raids to pandemic lockdowns pointlessly paralyzing lives, government agencies have become far more intrusive and abusive. There is no escape from tinhorn dictators seizing guns, sabotaging schooling, or wrecking housing markets. The federal government dropped an Iron Curtain of secrecy around itself while launching a “Ministry of Truth” and the worst censorship in U.S. history. The Constitution failed to leash politicians and the Bill of Rights failed to protect citizens. At a time when many Americans fear our nation is spiraling towards dictatorship or civil war, notorious investigative journalist James Bovard is back with another masterful blend of political outrages and comic relief. Last Rights explains how America went awry and how we can still rescue individual liberty.


"Jim Bovard has worked tirelessly for decades informing us about government assaults on our liberties. Every American who loves liberty should read 'Last Rights'...and all of Jim's works!"

— Ron Paul, Congressman

“James Bovard’s new book, Last Rights: The Death of American Liberty, is a must read.”

— David Stockman, Legendary Reagan OMB chief 

“I highly recommend Last Rights, another fantastic book by Jim Bovard.”

— Jacob Hornberger, President, Future of Freedom Foundation

“Last Rights is a series of terrific essays and they’re so great to get up to speed on all of these assaults on our Liberty.”

— Daniel McAdams, Director, Ron Paul Institute

“Jim Bovard’s fine and true book, Last Rights, manages to be dire, terrifying and funny in equal parts. It makes a great Christmas gift for your awakened reader.”

— Author Ann Bauer

“Jim Bovard is rightly a hero among libertarians for his outstanding journalistic work. He gets right down into the details of topic after topic and anecdote after anecdote and it is all in there packed in there.  Let’s think about supporting old Jim Bovard and go pick up your copy of Last Rights.”

— Author Tom Woods, Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

“Last Rights is an immensely valuable resource… an astonishing, sobering compendium of abuses of power by a man who has the energy and persistence to document everything, with good, reliable references and no excesses of rhetoric…. The book is worth owning as a gesture of support to a unique author. This is truly the ideal book to loan to skeptical friends.”

— Author Charles Platt, former senior writer for Wired magazine

“James Bovard’s new book, ‘Last Rights’, is a towering explication of how wicked and rights-crushing the federal police state has become.”

— Author Gardner Goldsmith, host of Liberty Conspiracy Radio Show

“An excellent read, Last Rights documents the daily costs the US government imposes on the  citizens it claims to protect and represent.  You will learn more on one page of Last Rights than you will in a whole year at the University.”

—  Author Keith Knight, host of Don’t Tread on Anyone Podcast

“Buy this book, dammit! … I’m glad to see Bovard on the warpath again…  The more you read, the more your blood pressure will rise. He is doing what our vaunted legacy media refuses to do: tell the truth, kick butt, and take names.”

— Bill Anderson, Mises Institute economist and editor 

“If you want to learn about the many ways the federal government violates your rights, wastes your money, and abuses its powers, you should read James Bovard’s Last Rights: The Death of American Liberty. It is only 306 pages long (not counting endnotes), but it contains more information than some encyclopedias. It is well-written and an easy read.”

— Hans Bader, Washington lawyer and former Education Department official 

About the author

Jim Bovard is a Senior Fellow for the Libertarian Institute and author of the newly published, Last Rights: The Death of American Liberty (2023). His other books include Public Policy Hooligan (2012), Attention Deficit Democracy (2006), Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty (1994), and seven others. He is a member of the USA Today Board of Contributors and has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, The Washington Post, among others. His articles have been publicly denounced by the chief of the FBI, the Postmaster General, the Secretary of HUD, and the heads of the DEA, FEMA, and EEOC and numerous federal agencies.
Jim Bovard

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