Freeman

July/August 2006

Volume 56, 2006

FEATURES

Democracy Versus Liberty

AUGUST 01, 2006 by JAMES BOVARD

Democracy is no guarantee of liberty; paying lip service to democracy, in fact, has provided excellent cover for some of America's worst violators of liberty, at home and abroad.

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