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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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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 ...

Socialism Is the Root of Healthcare Woes

The healthcare system in the Czech Republic has a valuable, albeit perhaps discomforting, lesson for Americans. For decades, Americans have convinced themselves that they live in a free-enterprise country. For such Americans, such government programs as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and public schooling are an important and essential part ...

No Light at the End of the Drug War Tunnel

Drug warriors are lamenting the high number of deaths of Mexican officials at the hands of Mexican drug lords. The latest victim was Edgar Millan Gomez, the acting chief of the federal police in Mexico City. In the last month alone, four top security officials in Mexico City have been ...

Iraq and the Emperor’s New Clothes

After five years of sacrificing thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people in a war of aggression and military occupation of a country that never attacked the United States, Pentagon officials are chagrined that the military junta of Burma won’t permit Pentagon officials to show how ...

Allowing Cubans and Americans to Be Free

From this week’s New York Times: “President Bush announced Wednesday that Americans would soon be allowed to give their relatives in Cuba cell phones to use.” Now, doesn’t that just say it all? Notice the operative word: “allowed.” The American people are being allowed to send cell phones to Cubans. Hey, President ...

“We Don’t Torture”

After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush assured the American people, “We don’t torture.” By “we” he meant people working for the federal government, including those in the CIA and the military. Since then, we’ve learned about the Abu Ghraib scandal, where some photographs or videos still remain under lock and ...

The Prosecution of Tariq Aziz

U.S. officials might want to think twice before imposing price controls ever again in the United States, given what Iraqi officials are doing to Tariq Aziz, who served as deputy prime minister in the Saddam Hussein regime. Iraqi officials are prosecuting Aziz for enforcing government-imposed price controls against Iraqi merchants ...
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