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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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Enslaving People to Keep Them Safe from Government-Produced Enemies

Take a look at this excerpt from a New York Times article from a couple of days ago: All over France, from Toulouse in the south to Paris and beyond, the police have been breaking down doors, conducting searches without warrants, aggressively questioning residents, hauling suspects to police stations and putting others under house arrest. The extraordinary steps are now ...

Regime Change is the Root of Evil in Syria

Americans have become so accustomed to regime change as part of their federal governmental structure that most everyone has become quite blasé about the topic. A good example is Syria, which has now been pushed front and center into the consciousness of the American people. Everyone is railing about those Syrian refugees but no one asks an important question: ...

Fear Is the Name of the Game

President Obama announced, “We do not succumb to fear.” What did he mean with his use of the pronoun “we”? He’s got to be talking about the military and the CIA — i.e., the national-security establishment — which undoubtedly will not be afraid to drop more bombs in the Middle East and kill more people in that part of the world. He ...

Gun Control Didn’t Prevent the Paris Massacre

Gun-control advocates here in the United States have often pointed to Europe as their model for gun control. A good example: France, whose strict gun restrictions and prohibitions would be a dream-come-true for American proponents of gun control. Yet, consider the recent terrorist massacre in Paris. How come it happened? Don’t American gun-control advocates say that gun control would prevent ...

The Counter-Containment Racket

The U.S. government is committed to containing ISIS, and ISIS is committed to containing the U.S. government. The same goes for Russia. The Obama regime is committed to containing the Putin regime, which, in turn, is committed to containing the Obama regime. This counter-containment policy is one in which the respective parties need each other and thrive off each other. ...

Our Morgan State Drug-War Conference

Last Saturday The Future of Freedom Foundation and the Pre-Law Association on campus held a conference at Morgan State University in Baltimore, which U.S. News ranks among the top historically black universities in America. The theme of the conference was: “The Drug War Against Black America.” We had a little more than 100 people in attendance.

Here They Go Again

It’s all so predictable. In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the French government has declared a state of emergency and French President Francois Hollande is calling for a constitutional amendment to provide him with extraordinary powers to “eradicate” the threat posed by the Islamic State. He is seeking quick legislation that would enable government officials to conduct ...

Why the Shock Over Paris?

I can understand why people are horrified over the terrorist attacks in Paris but, for the life of me, I just cannot understand why they are shocked by it. People who are shocked by the attacks are definitely suffering from a severe case of obtuseness and denial. Ever since 9/11, we libertarians have been saying that terrorism is one of ...

A Successful Case of Indoctrination

Among the most successful cases of propaganda and indoctrination has been convincing the American people of how necessary and beneficial the military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA are to the safety and freedom of the American people. From the first grade to big sporting events, people are inculcated with this conviction. To see how differently the Founding Fathers and ...

Electing Better People to Public Office

In every presidential campaign, we are subjected to the same line from the candidates: “Elect me because I will manage the economy better than anyone else.” There are two things to note about that pronouncement: First, it reflects the candidate’s belief that it’s government’s role to manage an economy. Second, it fails to recognize that no one is capable of ...

Thanking Iraq War Veterans for Their Service

I wonder what goes through the mind of an Iraq War veteran when someone says, “Thank you for your service.” I wonder if he ever asks himself, “What exactly am I being thanked for?” Consider what the Bush administration did to U.S. soldiers on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Bush and his people, many of whom had ...

Paul Krugman and the NYT: Snake-Oil Salesmen Par Excellence

One of the fascinating things about progressives is how they sometimes create their own realities, no matter how false, and then convince themselves and others that such is the actual state of affairs. No better example of this phenomenon can be found than in a recent article by Paul Krugman, the longtime liberal columnist for the New York Times. ...
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