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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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Conscience and Killing in Iraq

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A federal judge has issued a stay in the Army’s court martial of Lt. Eric Watada, which had been scheduled to begin tomorrow. The reason: despite Army objections the trial might violate the double-jeopardy clause of the Constitution, which apparently sometimes still applies to the military. Watada’s case is unique. Unlike other U.S. military personnel, especially officers, Watada refused ...

Iran and the Constitution

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Amidst all the talk about whether President Bush is going to wage another war of aggression — this time against Iran — it’s important that we keep one fact in mind: Under the U.S. Constitution, President Bush is precluded from waging war against Iran without a declaration of war from Congress. That is, despite what President ...

Monetary Policy and Welfare-Warfare Adventures

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As we have been saying for the last several years, the out-of-control federal spending to fund both domestic welfare-state programs and foreign warfare-state adventures, would ultimately threaten the economic and financial well-being of the American people. Among the threats were inflation, i.e., a debasement of the currency, and a flight from the dollar, resulting in a ...

What’s the Standard for Foreign Meddling

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If President Bush decides to wage another undeclared war, this time against Iran, he will have at least two possible rationales by which to market the war to the American people — Iranian WMDs and Iranian meddling in Iraq. Given that many people have realized what a crock the WMD rationale was for invading and ...

A Cancerous Growth in Our Nation’s Capital

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Washington, D.C., officials are undoubtedly jumping up and down in their offices exclaiming, “We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!” after a new congressional report was published yesterday. The report declared that the United States has consolidated its position as the world’s leading arms dealer, accounting for 42 percent of the world market. Sales to ...

Dropping to Their Knees at Yale

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Last week I blogged about how the real purpose of government assistance — the dole —is to keep the dole recipient in line, ensuring that he doesn’t stray too far from supporting his dole provider. I pointed to Columbia University, which was recently threatened with a reduction of its dole for having invited Iranian President ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2007

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Federal Blackmail, Privacy, and Conformity by Jacob G. Hornberger In today’s FFF Email Update, I have an article about the federal war on telephone privacy, the government program in which certain telephone companies allegedly turned over people’s private telephone records to the feds. A common bromide among some Americans is: “I don’t care what information about my telephone calls ...

Hornberger’s Blog, September 2007

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Friday, September 28, 2007 If Hispanics Had Committed the 9/11 Attacks by Jacob G. Hornberger Let’s assume that the 9/11 hijackers had been illegal immigrants from Mexico, Nicaragua, and El Salvador and that in retaliation, President Bush had ordered his military forces to attack Bolivia. Is there any doubt that some Americans would be supporting the president’s invasion and occupation of Bolivia? After all, ...

Hornberger’s Blog, August 2007

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Friday, August 31, 2007 Rotting Apples and the War on Immigrants by Jacob G. Hornberger Following in the footsteps of California and Colorado farmers, New York apple growers might soon face devastating financial losses thanks to the U.S. government’s war on immigrants. With a third consecutive year of near-perfect weather, New York is experiencing vintage apple crops. At ...

Hornberger’s Blog, July 2007

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007 More Perversity from the Other Failed War Would you like to read about another perverse outcome of the other failed war that is being waged by the federal government? The New York Times is reporting that California farmers are suffering financial losses arising out of the inability to irrigate their crops. No, the problem does not arise ...

Hornberger’s Blog, June 2007

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Friday, June 29, 2007 Separate School & State Thanks to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling in a government-school desegregation case, public-school supporters are now heavily embroiled in the latest debate on how to run the government schools. Yawn! Another “crisis,” just like in the drug war, immigration, Iraq, Social Security, Medicare, etc. etc. etc. It’s all so sad. Americans have been banging their ...

Hornberger’s Blog, May 2007

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Thursday, May 31, 2007 End Both the War on Terror and the Drug War When President Bush declared his war on terror, I wrote that such a war would be no different than the war on drugs, in the sense that it would be nothing more than a perpetual justification for ever-growing big government. Six years later, there is no end ...
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