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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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Turkey and the War on Afghanistan

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Glenn Greenwald asks a provocative question: Would Turkey be justified in assassinating or kidnapping a Turkish citizen named Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of being a terrorist who helped orchestrate the recent military coup attempt in Turkey. What causes Greenwald to ask such a question? ...

Help the Poor by Abolishing the Income Tax

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The standard leftist position on helping the poor is: Increase income taxes on the rich and give the money to the poor in the form of welfare. The idea is that it’s just not fair that someone has more money when someone has less money. By equalizing people’s financial conditions, through the force of a progressive income tax and ...

More Blowback in France

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The reaction to the terrorist attack in Nice, France, where a truck driver killed dozens of people by running them down and shooting them with a (illegal) pistol, was predictable: denunciations of Islam, Muslims, and ISIS, calls for more bombing and killing in the Middle East, and more emergency clampdowns on liberty and privacy at home. There is one big ...

Turkish Citizens versus Pinochet Coup Dead-Enders

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One of the fascinating aspects of the attempted military coup in Turkey has been the reaction of the Turkish people to the military coup attempt. It stands in stark contrast to the attitude of American and Chilean right-wingers who still sing the praises of the U.S.-national-security-state-driven military coup in 1973 that brought army strongman Gen. Augusto Pinochet into power. At ...

Regime Change in Turkey

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The attempted military coup in Turkey serves to remind Americans of two important facts: First, that Americans are legally obligated to fight and die for that country’s dictatorial regime and, second, that the position taken by the coup leaders is no different from that taken by America’s national-security establishment. While Turkey’s president, Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, has been democratically elected, the fact ...

FDR’s Destruction of America’s Monetary System

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On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a decree ordering every American to send his gold coins to the federal government and making it a felony offense for Americans to own gold. FDR’s nationalization of gold was no different in principle from the nationalization of private property that would be carried out by Cuban communist dictator ...

What If ISIS Were to Win?

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For the past few years, the American people have been exhorted by the U.S. national-security state to be obsessed with ISIS, the brutal organization that is fighting to achieve political power in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the three countries that, not coincidentally, have been targets of regime change by the U.S. national-security state. Today, ISIS is constantly ...

Connecting the Dots

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Prescript: We are headed to Freedom Fest in Las Vegas this week. We have two panels, both of which are on Friday. If you're going to the conference, I hope you'll attend our panel discussions and come by our booth to visit. ********* In the last few days, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have contained ...
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