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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 Glimmer of Light from Switzerland

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Swiss citizens have provided a glimmer of light within the statist darkness into which the United States has plunged. In a national vote, they rejected a proposed national minimum wage of $25 an hour. Even better, they understood why the proposal was going to be destructive to working people, especially those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Notice something ...

Conservatives Are Doomed

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If you attend any conservative conference, I will guarantee you that you will encounter the following mantra countless times: “free enterprise, private property, and limited government.” You will hear it in speeches, read it in brochures, hear it in casual conversations, and see it prominently displayed at exhibit booths. It is the guiding mantra of the conservative movement. There is ...

The Student-Loan Scam

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The federal student loan program ranks among the biggest scams of the welfare-state way of life that modern-day Americans have embraced. An article in the Washington Post entitled “College Debt Is Still Keeping Grads from Buying Homes,” points out that “young people are still drowning in student loans, and that debt is holding them back from reaching grown-up financial ...

U.S. Intervention in Nigeria?

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The kidnapping of 260 schoolgirls in Nigeria provides another example of why it is in the interests of the American people to dismantle their Cold War national-security state apparatus, including America’s overseas military empire, its gigantic standing army, and the CIA. As long as this apparatus remains in existence, U.S. officials are inevitably going to use it to embroil ...

Immigration Controls Bring Death and Misery

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Twelve-year-old Noemi Alvarez Quillay is dead. She committed suicide. She was making her second attempt to journey from Ecuador to New York City to reunite with her parents, who had illegally come to the United States to better their lives when Noemi was a toddler. The New York Times writes: A bashful, studious girl, Noemi walked 10 minutes across ...

Wild River and TVA Socialism

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I’ve got a great movie recommendation for you — Wild River, a 1960 film directed by Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, and Jo Van Fleet. It is an awesome movie, one recommended to me by a supporter of FFF. It is nothing but sheer enjoyment. The movie revolves around an 80-year-old woman’s battle against the Tennessee Valley ...

The U.S. Annexation of Guantanamo Bay

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While people’s attention is focused on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, wouldn’t this be an appropriate time to discuss the U.S. annexation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? Yes, I know, imperialists and interventionists say that Guantanamo Bay isn’t really annexation but instead a lease of real estate between the Cuban government, as lessor, and the U.S. government, as lessee. But the fact is ...

Killing and Dying for Samsung Smartphones

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In its recent call for the U.S. government to continue serving as the world’s policeman (an editorial that I criticized here), the Washington Post trotted out an old example of U.S. foreign intervention to bolster its case: South Korea. Of course, it shouldn’t surprise us that the Post would go that far back to support its support ...

Anne Applebaum Almost Gets It Right on Foreign Interventionism

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The interventionist mindset is fascinating. Even when they, deep down, don’t want the U.S. government to be intervening in the internal affairs of other countries, they feel compelled to call on the U.S. government to intervene. It’s almost as if they can’t help themselves, much like an alcoholic. A good example is provided by Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum in ...

Why Is Obama Behaving Like Putin?

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A front-page story in yesterday’s New York Times demonstrates perfectly why American corporations are loath to take a public stance against the U.S. government, especially when it comes to foreign policy. In fact, although the story focuses on American businesses, it also indirectly and implicitly explains why the U.S. mainstream press faithfully toes the official foreign-policy line of the ...

The Washington Post Is Wrong on Foreign Interventionism

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Last Sunday, the Washington Post published an editorial on U.S. foreign policy that would astound any self-respecting libertarian. It sure astounded me! I found the piece to be absolutely incredible. If that’s the best reasoning that interventionists can come up with to support the continuation of a foreign policy of militarism, interventionism, and empire, they could be in deep ...

Déjà Vu in Ukraine

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Pardon me, but I’m experiencing déjà vu with respect to Ukraine, specifically relating to the CIA. As everyone knows, the CIA’s business involves regime change, operations in which the CIA oftentimes secretly and surreptitiously ousts democratically elected regimes that are independent of or unfriendly to the U.S. government and replaces them with regimes that will do the bidding of the ...
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