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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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Income Taxation Protects the Rich and Hurts the Poor

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Statists love to tell us how the income tax helps the poor by taxing the rich and equalizing wealth. That’s just sheer nonsense. For one thing, most of the money they take from people with income taxes is used to fund the welfare-warfare state, very little of which actually ends up in the hands of the poor. Moreover, to ...

Why Would Oswald Have Done It?

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With the approaching 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, it would be appropriate to ask an important question: Why would Oswald have done it? Why would he have assassinated President Kennedy? As I see it, there are four possible scenarios, only one of which, in my opinion, makes any sense.  Let’s break down and analyze each one. 1. Oswald was a ...

A Great Conference on the JFK Assassination

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I just returned from one of the finest conferences I’ve ever attended. It was a 3-day conference on the John Kennedy assassination sponsored by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Not only were the speakers fantastic, the conference itself was first-class. 400 people attended. Wecht is a forensic ...

The False Default Scare

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Let’s assume that I am earning $5,000 per month and that I have the following monthly expenses: Mortgage Food Car Clothing Interest Entertainment Other Total $1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 500 2,000 2,500 $9,000 Do you see the problem? I’m bringing in $5,000 a month and spending $9,000 a month. That’s a deficit of $4,000 a month. That’s precisely the problem facing the federal government. It’s spending a trillion dollars more than what it’s bringing ...

The Sky’s the Ceiling on Federal Debt

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PRELIMINARY NOTE: We have another great webinar this week with Sheldon Richman, who continues his analysis of the market process. In order to get our nation back on the right track with respect to economic liberty, two things are necessary: A deep desire for a free society and a deep understanding of how the free market operates. Once a ...

The First Step in the JFK Cover-Up

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I saw the new movie Parkland yesterday. While reviews are panning the movie, which isn’t too surprising given that it’s based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History, which is a long rehash of the lone-nut theory posited by the Warren Commission, I wanted to see how the movie depicted a certain scene at Parkland Hospital, a scene that I ...

The Statist Approach to the Postal Service

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A perfect demonstration of the statist mindset appears in an editorial entitled “Free the Postal Service” published this week by the Los Angeles Times. The editorial shows how statists, unlike libertarians, are simply unable to break free of the statist box in which they have been born and raised. The result is that they live their lives coming ...

Don’t Lift the Debt Ceiling

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Why is there even a debt ceiling? The reason is simple: Because even the members of Congress, who are the biggest spenders in the world, understand that too much government debt is a bad thing. That’s the message conveyed by the ceiling: It says that this is the maximum amount of debt that the government is permitted to accumulate. ...

The Fourth Branch of Government

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One of the most interesting aspects of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address in 1960 was his warning to the American people regarding the danger that America’s military-industrial complex posed to our democratic processes. Eisenhower didn’t make it clear whether he was referring to the economic dimension associated with warfare-state spending or to the possibility of a military takeover here in ...

The War Between JFK and the National-Security State

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The Atlantic has published a fascinating article entitled “JFK vs. the Military” by Kennedy biographer Robert Dallek which details the war that was taking place between President Kennedy and the U.S. national-security state establishment. While this has long been a subject of interest to Kennedy assassination researchers, it’s not the type of thing that mainstream authors and mainstream ...

The Brothers Is a Fantastic Book

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I just finished reading one of the best and most important books I’ve ever read. It’s The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret War by Stephen Kinzer. The book is fascinating and gripping. I couldn’t put it down. It goes a long way in explaining the plight in which the United States finds itself today. The ...

Why Do Conservatives Support Medicare and Medicaid?

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For the life of me, I just don’t get conservatives. They profess to love free enterprise and free markets and they say they hate socialism. Okay, then why do they never call for the repeal of Medicare and Medicaid? After all, it’s not surprising that progressives (or liberals) favor Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare. They don’t make any pretenses of loving the ...
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