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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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Missing the Lessons on Vietnam

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In light of President Obama’s current trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerry had a joint op-ed in the New York Times yesterday entitled “Moving On in Vietnam, but Remembering Its Lessons.” Unfortunately, however, the three Vietnam veterans have failed to draw the real lessons to be ...

A Praising Attack on My Immigration Article

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In response to my article “Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Immigration Position,” I received a praising attack in an article entitled, “Hornberger, Right But Still Wrong,” written by a person who writes under a pseudonym -- “Black Flag” — owing to potential repercussions at his place of work as a result to his political beliefs. (FYI, last ...

Open Immigration with a Welfare State

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Although free-market economist Milton Friedman defended the principle of open immigration, he had a caveat: “It's just obvious you can't have free immigration and a welfare state.” Conservatives and even some libertarians have long used Friedman’s statement to justify their support of government-controlled immigration. But Friedman was wrong. Of course you can have both open immigration and a welfare state. ...

Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Immigration Position

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There is a common misconception in the libertarian movement that there are two positions on immigration within libertarianism: the position favoring open borders and the position favoring government-controlled borders. Nothing could be further from the truth. Libertarianism is a consistent philosophy. It doesn’t encompass contradictory positions. The core principle of libertarianism is what is called the non-aggression principle. It holds that ...

Trump and the Abandonment of Principle

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For decades, Republicans and conservatives have poked fun at libertarians for being a “marginal” movement, one outside the mainstream of American political thought and political power. Their message has been that libertarians should do as they did — become respectable and credible to mainstream America by making peace with the welfare-warfare state and devoting their lives to coming up ...

Continued Secrecy in the JFK Assassination?

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In the early 1990s, Congress enacted the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, which ordered federal agencies, including the CIA, to disclose to the American people their long-secret records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The law was enacted as a result of public outrage generated by Oliver Stone’s movie JFK, which posited that Kennedy’s enemies ...
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