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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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Protecting the Statist Party

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While we’re on the subject of a one-party political system in places like Iran and China, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind periodically remind ourselves that for all practical purposes, the political situation isn’t much different here in the United States. Sure, we’re taught to believe that America is a two-party system — ...

Private Bergdahl and the Silence of the Pro-Torture Crowd

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The pro-torture crowd sure seems quiet about the plight of 23-year-old private Bowe R. Bergdahl, the American soldier being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Why the silence? For eight years the pro-torture crowd has been defending the propriety of subjecting prisoners and detainees to such things as waterboarding, repeated waterboarding, walling, beatings, forced ...

Update on Robert Kahre Case

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I have published three blog posts regarding the abusive grand-jury subpoena that federal prosecutors in the Robert Kahre case served on the Las Vegas Review Journal: Kahre’s Prosecutors Are Going Nutso (June 12) Federal Prosecutors Buckle on Abusive Subpoena in Kahre Case (June 17) Suppressing Free Speech Here at Home (June 25) Dozens of people had posted online comments ...

Shame on Conservatives

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Washington insiders are agog over what seems to be a rather dramatic flip flop of principles by conservatives at the American Conservative Union, which touts itself as America’s oldest conservative lobbying organization. Like other conservative organizations, the ACU spouts the standard free-market, limited-government mantra that conservatives have employed since at least the 1950s: ...

A Free Market in Health Care Is the Only Solution

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The debate over the health-care monstrosity that Congress is considering enacting raises some fundamental issues about our lives, liberty, and health. There is one reason why there is a health-care crisis in America: socialism and interventionism, both at the federal level and the state level. On the demand side, there are Medicare and Medicaid. On ...

Zelaya, Chavez, and Roosevelt

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One of the interesting aspects of the Honduran coup debate is with respect to the economic policies of ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Those who defend Zelaya’s ouster are quick to criticize his leftist philosophy and programs, along with his ideological alliance with Hugo Chavez, the leftist ruler of Venezuela. Why is that interesting? Because Zelaya’s and ...

The Back Door Way to Ignore the Bill of Rights

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Among the most shocking aspects of Barack Obama’s presidency so far has been his embrace of the power that George W. Bush assumed to incarcerate people suspected of terrorism for the rest of their lives, without a jury trial to determine whether they are in fact guilty of the offense. There is absolutely no ...

Padilla vs. Yoo: An Update

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There are two interesting developments in Jose Padilla’s lawsuit against former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo, who was one of the authors of the infamous torture memos. First, the Justice Department is no longer defending Yoo in the case. He will now be represented by a private attorney, paid for by the Justice Department. Second, Yoo ...

McNamara and LBJ: Crooks, Liars, Murderers, and Thieves

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I can’t help but be amused by sentiments being expressed by liberals regarding Robert McNamara’s tenure at the World Bank. The notion is that, hey, McNamara wasn’t so bad. Even though he was responsible for the deaths of millions of people during the Vietnam War, he ended up helping the poor, needy, and disadvantaged ...

Why Not Permanently Cancel Aid to Honduras?

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I’ve got good news and bad news about the coup in Honduras. The good news is that the U.S. government has suspended $16.5 million in military-assistance programs to Honduras and threatened that another $180 million in aid could be at risk. The bad news is that it’s only a temporary suspension and only a ...

The War on Terrorism Began in Vietnam

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Lest anyone believe that the war on terrorism began on September 11, 2001, take a look at this article from the July 20, 1959, issue of Time magazine, one of the premier examples of the establishment press in America. The article details the facts surrounding the deaths of the first two U.S. soldiers to ...

Immigration Destruction Under Obama

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In yet another effort to continue the policies of the Bush administration, the Obama administration is targeting American companies that hire illegal immigrants. But to demonstrate that being a compassionate liberal is better than being a compassionate conservative, Obama’s immigration gendarmes aren’t conducting violent publicity-seeking raids on the businesses. Instead, they’re sending written ...
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