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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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A Cold War Breakthrough

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More than 50 years after the U.S. government’s imposition of its brutal economic embargo against the Cuban people, yesterday’s announcement by President Obama calling for a lifting of the embargo represents a major breakthrough for libertarians and others who are committed to the principles of individual liberty, free markets, private property, liberty of contract, freedom of travel, and freedom ...

Libertarians vs. Conservatives on Torture

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Sometimes people who are new to libertarianism think that libertarianism is just a subset of conservatism. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are some overlaps on economic issues, libertarianism is a philosophy that stands squarely against conservatism and, for that matter, liberalism or, as it is commonly known, progressivism. The current national debate on torture provides a ...

The Cold War Has Never Ended for the CIA

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In the midst of the CIA’s torture scandal, USAID continues its obsessive Cold War activity against Cuba, in a desperate attempt to finally, once and for all, oust the Castro regime from power and install another pro-U.S. dictatorship. Yes, I know how a conservative would immediately respond: “Jacob, the CIA and USAID are two separate and distinct entities. Why are ...

Judicial Deference to the Torturers

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In case anyone is wondering whether any of the CIA’s torture victims will be able to recover damages from CIA torturers, the answer is an unequivocal no. The federal judiciary decided a long time ago that it would not permit lawsuits brought by victims of the CIA or, for that matter, the U.S. military. Among the best examples are two ...

Once Again, The Only Solution is: Abolish the CIA

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We all know that nothing is going to happen to the CIA officials who violated the criminal law by torturing people. Even if they were prosecuted — a highly unlikely possibility given the power of the CIA in America’s governmental structure — all they would do is say that they were following orders and protecting “national security.” Most federal ...

Leading the Way against Torture and Tyranny

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Question: What do the following libertarians, liberals, and conservatives have in common? The answer appears at the end of the list. End Torture, Shut Down the CIA by Ron Paul (libertarian) The CIA and Its Torturers by Andrew P. Napolitano (libertarian) CIA Torturers by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. (libertarian) Torture Revealed? by Karen Kwiatkowski (libertarian) At Gitmo, Obama Tortures ...

Make the CIA Release Its Chile Torture Files

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With the long-awaited release of the U.S. Senate’s Torture Report, it would be tempting to believe that the CIA’s torture regime began after 9/11 2001. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s not forget the torture regime in Chile that began on 9/11 1973 and continued for years after that. From 1970 to 1973, the CIA did everything it could ...

Leading the Way against Torture and Tyranny

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Question: What do the following libertarians, liberals, and conservatives have in common? The answer appears at the end of the list. End Torture, Shut Down the CIA by Ron Paul (libertarian) The CIA and Its Torturers by Andrew P. Napolitano (libertarian) CIA Torturers by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. (libertarian) Torture Revealed? by Karen Kwiatkowski (libertarian) At Gitmo, Obama Tortures ...

Electing Republicans Was a Waste of Time and Money

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Early this morning I received an email solicitation for one of the most exciting products I have ever seen. I’m going to buy lots of them later today for Christmas presents. I’ll tell you about it now but please wait a day or so before you begin buying yours so that they don’t run out before I put my ...

Reduce Police Abuse of Blacks

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There are many good arguments for ending the war on drugs, including that drug laws constitute a grave violation of the principles of freedom, that the drug war is a manifest failure, and that the drug war has produced massive negative consequences, such as death, ruination of lives, official corruption, gang wars, kidnappings, muggings, thefts, and asset-forfeiture laws. All that ...

Leave Us All Alone! We Can’t Breathe!

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The last words out of the mouth of strangling victim Eric Garner are actually a metaphor for how libertarians feel about the entire welfare-warfare state under which modern-day Americans have been born and raised. Don’t his words express precisely how we libertarians feel? Leave us alone, we say to the state. Get out of our faces. Get out of our ...
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