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Flag Burning

Mises Daily: Saturday, May 29, 1999 by

The War on Yugoslavia has unleashed an unprecedented amount of anti-American sentiment. This is invariably accompanied by the tried-and-true method of political protest: flag burning.

Who has the right to burn flags and under what conditions? Murray N. Rothbard sorts it all out in his classic article, The Flag Flap.

James Bovard notes the irony of a Congress that wants to ban flag burning–even when the flag is privately owned–while failing to stop government confiscations of every other form of property. See his Saving Flags, Burning Rights.