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Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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What Good Would It Do to Reform the NSA and the CIA?

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People who are trying to reform the NSA and the CIA are just wasting their time. After all, at the risk of belaboring the obvious, these two agencies operate in secret. Moreover, they know that they can do anything they want, including breaking the law, and that nothing will ever happen to them. Suppose, for example, that Congress were to enact ...

Thank the Troops for Their Service to Islam

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Americans are often exhorted to thank the troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan for defending our rights and freedoms. Yet, I have never heard anyone thanking the troops for fighting and dying for Islam. Why not? Yeah, I know what interventionists are already saying: “Jacob, are you crazy? Our troops don’t fight and die for Islam. They’re Christian warriors! ...

The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom

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By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships ...

The United States Lost the Cold War

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As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans remain more convinced than ever that the United States won the Cold War. The Cold War brought us a national-security state, which consists of an enormous military establishment, a vast military-industrial complex, an empire of foreign and domestic military bases, ever-growing military budgets, and the ever-increasing ...

Max Boot’s Newest Plan for Iraq

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Max Boot, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is an interventionist. In fact, he’s your classic interventionist. He believes that the U.S. government should intervene in conflicts around the world, at least where “national security” is at stake. Boot has a plan for Iraq. The plan was set forth in Sunday’s Washington Post in an op-ed by Boot ...

American Christians Erect an Idol

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North Korean authorities recently released an American citizen who had been accused of proselytizing for Christianity in North Korea, where such conduct is a criminal offense. Why would the communist authorities in North Korea care if people are practicing Christianity? Because government officials are afraid that Christians might give foremost allegiance to God rather than to the government, especially in ...

More U.S. Deaths in Korea?

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George Washington and Thomas Jefferson set forth one of the founding principles of our nation: It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.—George Washington Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.—Thomas Jefferson That guiding principle went out the window with the advent of the U.S. national-security ...

A Lesson in Interventionism in Iraq

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The great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises pointed out that one government intervention inevitably produces a crisis, which then causes government officials to enact a new intervention to address the crisis. The new intervention, however, produces a new crisis, which then necessitates a new intervention. With each new intervention, the government’s power continues to grow. While Mises was referring to ...

Let’s Rid America of Veterans

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The reason there is a large contingent of veterans in the United States is twofold: (1) because of the many foreign wars waged by the U.S. government in this century and the last and (2) the radical restructuring of America’s governmental system into a national-security state, one that consists of an enormous permanent standing army, a vast empire of ...

Reform vs. Freedom

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During its 25-year history, The Future of Freedom Foundation has always refrained from endorsing any reform of the welfare-warfare state. There are two reasons for this steadfast position. First, no matter what reform is adopted, it inevitably makes the situation worse than it was before. That’s because a welfare-warfare state, being a combination of socialism, regulation, and imperialism, is an ...

Measuring the Power of Ideas on Liberty

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Ever since FFF was founded in 1989, some people have periodically asked me, “How does FFF measure its success?” My answer: There is no way to adequately measure the power of uncompromising ideas on liberty. What matters are the purity of the message itself and the importance of introducing it into the overall marketplace of ideas. I grew up in ...

Obama’s Failed Presidency

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It was a foregone conclusion that President Obama wasn’t going to change his stripes when it comes to economic philosophy and policy. Like Republicans and other Democrats, Obama is a died-in-the wool socialist and interventionist. He believes in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, public (i.e., government) schooling, farm subsidies, foreign aid, and other welfare-state programs. Like his ...
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