Hornberger's Blog

Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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Hating the Constitution

Suppose the Chinese people were able to overthrow their communist regime and install a democratic republic. Suppose the new Chinese officials asked Americans to help them implement a new criminal-justice system for China. Some Americans would recommend that China adopt such criminal-justice principles as right to counsel, right to confront ...

A Stunning Rebuke to Tyranny

Yesterday, in a stunning rebuke of President Bush, the Pentagon, and Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the cancellation of habeas corpus for foreigners accused of terrorism. The Court’s decision in Boumediene v. Bush nullified the provision in the Military Commissions Act that purported to remove the jurisdiction of the federal courts to hear habeas corpus cases for ...

Barack Obama’s Socialist Philosophy

The central point of Barack Obama’s economic plan is to tax the rich in order the give money to the poor. Of course, this is nothing more than the core philosophy of the welfare state. It is also the core principle of socialism. What Democrats (and Republicans) have a difficult time facing ...

Stop the President from Running the Economy

A front-page article in the New York Times today describes how the economic policies advocated by both John McCain and Barack Obama are the same old tired ideas that Republicans and Democrats have been advocating for years. McCain’s panacea is tax cuts for the rich and Obama’s panacea is ...

What a Great Conference!

Our conference “Restoring the Republic 2009: Foreign Policy and Civil Liberties” was a resounding success! The 21 speeches were among the best I’ve ever heard. In fact, I have never participated in a conference with so many consistently great speeches. The mix of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians — along ...

Fight Socialism with Freedom in Cuba

A rare Gallup poll conducted in 2006 in Havana and Santiago, Cuba, reflect that Cubans have a good grip on reality regarding the two root causes of the horrible economic misery under which they have long been suffering. The first cause is Cuba’s socialist economic system. According to a New ...

Minimum-Wage Laws Are Unnecessary and Destructive

Among the biggest myths in economics is that government intervention is needed to ensure a minimum wage for workers. In fact, not only is such intervention unnecessary, it is actually harmful to those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Interventionists claim that in the absence of minimum-wage laws, wages would ...

Not a Dime’s Worth of Difference on Foreign Policy

An op-ed in yesterday’s conservative Wall Street Journal provides another example of how there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and Democrats, especially when it comes to foreign policy. The op-ed, entitled “Don’t Expect a Big Change in U.S. Foreign Policy” by Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. ...

Conservative Idiocy over Rachel Ray and Dunkin Donuts

Americans received a good dose of conservative idiocy over the weekend. The dose, which almost defies belief, involves noted conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, who got upset with a television advertisement by Dunkin Donuts that featured 30-minute chef Rachel Ray. The reason for Malkin’s distress over the commercial? The war on terrorism, ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008 Isolationist Options for the United States by Jacob G. Hornberger Whenever a libertarian calls for the dismantling of the U.S. government’s overseas military empire and the end of foreign interventionism, the standard response of the pro-empire, pro-intervention crowd is, “We cannot return to isolationism. That would be a disaster.” The sentence is intended to immediately shut down all ...

Compassionless Conservatism

In an op-ed entitled “The Libertarian Jesus” by Michael Gerson in today’s Washington Post, Gerson provides an excellent example of the moral blind spot that afflicts the conservative movement. Gerson, who served as a speech writer for President Bush and who was a senior policy advisor for the conservative Heritage ...
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