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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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Lecturing the New York Times on Libertarianism

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Given the surge in interest in libertarianism during the past few years, it is amazing to me that one must still lecture the New York Times on the subject but, alas, such is the case. In an article on the Roman Polanski child-rape case entitled “The Polanski Case: A Gallic Shrug” by the ...

Faith and Freedom

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The Harrison, Arkansas, Daily Times reports that FedEx has covered the $11,000 bill for an air ambulance to take 7-year-old Jada Harper from Houston to her home in Arkansas. The girl has terminal cancer and is expected to die within a few months. Since the ailing girl could not have survived ground ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2009

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Friday, October 30, 2009 Why Do Liberals Hate the Poor in Cuba? by Jacob G. Hornberger 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,” ...

The Evilness of Sanctions

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Following in the footsteps of his predecessors, President Barack Obama is threatening to impose even stricter sanctions on Iran, in an attempt to bend Iranian leaders to his will. Let’s examine two major cases in which the U.S. government has imposed sanctions, examples that any reasonable person would not consider to be success stories: Iraq and Cuba. For more than 10 ...

Free Speech Loses Out in Kahre Case

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A federal judge has ruled against the ACLU’s motion to quash a subpoena that federal prosecutors had issued against the Las Vegas Review Journal in the Robert Kahre legal-tender/tax resistance case in Las Vegas. During the trial (see my commentaries on the Kahre case here , and here , and here ), the ...

“In China, At Least I Would Have a Trial”

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The U.S. government has just received the ultimate put-down from one of its Guantanamo prisoners. Arkin Mahmud, a Chinese Uighur who has been held at the prison camp for 8 years, stated ruefully, “In China, at least I would have a trial and sentence.” What bigger insult than to be accused of providing ...

My Appearance on Judge Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch”

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Last week I had the good fortune of appearing on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Internet program “Freedom Watch.” You can see the video here. The topic was “Auditing the Fed” but most of the discussion revolved around ending the Federal Reserve System. I pointed out how the Fed is an engine of government confiscation of wealth, one that enables ...

Public Schooling Is Like the Army

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The Right is in an uproar over a video that has surfaced on YouTube showing schoolchildren at a public elementary school in New Jersey being trained to sing a paean to President Barack Obama. Conservatives say that the song is no different than what schoolchildren were trained to do in Nazi Germany and Maoist ...

The Second-Best Solution to Health Care: Do Nothing

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The second-best solution for the health-care crisis? Do nothing. Of course, that drives the interventionists crazy. “Do nothing?” they cry! “Don’t you realize that we’re in a crisis? We can’t afford to do nothing!” What they fail to realize is a fundamental principle about interventionism: It produces more crises. Therefore, any new health-care intervention, whether termed ...

Private Attorneys Are Not “Officers of the Court”

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According to a recent article in the New York Times, a private attorney has been reprimanded by the Florida Bar Association for describing a local judge as an “evil, unfair witch” on his blog. The lawyer was angry over the judge’s practice of giving criminal-defense lawyers only a week to prepare for trial ...

The Pentagon Is Bankrupting Us

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Consider this excerpt from The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy by David E. Hoffman that appeared in yesterday’s Washington Post: Gorbachev had concluded that the sprawling Soviet defense establishment — the army, navy, air force, strategic rocket forces, air defense forces, ...

A Hypothetical Invasion of Bolivia

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Suppose the world had awakened this morning to the news that the Russian army had attacked and invaded Bolivia. Thousands of Russian paratroopers have landed in the country, securing airports, permitting hundreds of Russian transport planes to bring in tens of thousands of Russian soldiers. Despite being badly outmanned and outgunned, ...
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