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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 Great Talk on the Great Depression

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If there was ever an area in which public-school indoctrination has been effective, it’s with respect to the Great Depression and Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. It is impossible for any student to escape public school without having his mind molded to accept the officially approved version of events: The Great Depression was the result of the failure of America’s ...

With the Dole Comes Control

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Those who are complaining that government officials shouldn’t be controlling what companies pay their executives need to be reminded of an important point: He who pays the piper calls the tune. Or to put it another way, those who go on the dole are inevitably going to be controlled by the government. With the ...

The Washington Times and Ali al-Marri

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In an editorial today, the Washington Times takes federal Judge Michael M. Mihm to task for showing “mercy” to convicted terrorist Ali al-Marri by sentencing him to 8 years of prison instead of the 15 years that the judge could have sentenced him to. What the Times describes as “mercy” is the judge’s decision to ...

Hornberger’s Blog, November 2009

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Monday, November 30, 2009 The U.S. Government Is Taking Us Down by Jacob G. Hornberger President Obama has decided to up the ante in Afghanistan by acceding to his generals’ request to send an additional 34,000 troops to that beleaguered nation. What better proof that those of us who opposed the initial invasion of Afghanistan were right? The decision to treat the ...

Why Do Liberals Hate the Poor in Cuba?

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President’s Obama’s much-ballyhooed campaign promise of “change” has received yet another setback. This time it’s respect to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, which has been in existence for some 50 years. Obama, who wowed and wooed the crowds during his presidential campaign with promises of “change,” has decided to continue the embargo. Never mind that ...

One of the Best Libertarian Events Ever!

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Yesterday, I participated in one of the most exciting and enjoyable libertarian events in the 30 years since I discovered libertarianism. The event was the first-ever live broadcast of Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Internet program “Freedom Watch,” which was broadcast from Drexel University. How did the event get established? A group of libertarians at Drexel came up with the idea of ...

Drug-War Assassinations

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The U.S. government has now extended its assassination program to the drug war. According to the New York Times, the Pentagon now has an assassination list for suspected drug dealers in Afghanistan. No arrests. No hearings. No attorneys. No judges. No trials. Just kill them. Great! So now the occupation of Afghanistan has expanded not ...

Only One Genuine Way to Support the Troops

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A few days ago, New York Times columnists Bob Herbert and David Brooks engaged in an online conversation in which they lamented that the American people are not doing enough to support the troops who are occupying Iraq and Afghanistan. They said that Americans just aren’t taking these “wars” seriously and should be ...

The Unreal World of Liberals

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One of the fascinating things about liberals is how they create their own false realities and then simply ignore or block out of their minds facts that conflict with that reality. We have witnessed this phenomenon, big time, during the housing and banking crises. The crises were the fault of the free market, the liberals ...

The Nobel Audacity Prize Goes to Cheney

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If there were a Nobel Audacity Prize, former Vice-President Dick Cheney would deserve to win it, hands-down. This guy is unbelievable. He’s taking President Obama to task for “dithering” by not immediately sending 40,000 more troops to Afghanistan. So, here’s a guy who, along with President Bush, had 7 years to straighten things out in ...

Drone Assassinations Are Only Making Things Worse

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Jane Mayer, author of the great book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals, was interviewed yesterday on NPR on the CIA’s drone attacks in Pakistan. She discussed the morality and legality of those attacks as well as their ...

The Drug War Leads to Gun Control

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A fundamental principle of interventionism holds that one government intervention inevitably leads to more interventions, in order to “fix” the problems of the previous interventions. At the end of this road lies omnipotent government and the loss of freedom. A good example of this phenomenon is being provided by a group called the Binational Task ...
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