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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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Free to Ask Permission to Conduct Business

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The Justice Department has consented to the proposed merger between satellite radio providers XM and Sirius. Well, isn’t that nice — government officials giving private businesses permission to combine their operations? I suppose that’s what government officials mean by the term “free enterprise” — the freedom to seek government permission to do what you want with ...

The Capacity of Ordinary Citizens to Do Evil

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In his Washington Post column today, “The Ultimate Casualty,” Richard Cohen makes a reference to a fascinating book entitled “Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland” by Christopher R. Browning, published in 1992. The book is about ordinary German citizens who loyally and obediently followed orders to murder people while serving as soldiers ...

Killing and Dying in Iraq for Nothing

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At the five-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the U.S. government has hit another milestone — 4,000 U.S. soldiers dead. And what have those soldiers died for? They died for the same thing that 58,000 soldiers died for in Vietnam — nothing. Well, okay, not exactly nothing: (1) They died to oust a dictator from office that U.S. officials ...

Immigration Enforcement and Sex

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U.S. officials often look down their noses at the corruption in the Mexican government, especially with respect to the war on drugs, where drug laws have long enriched the coffers of Mexican officials through bribery, extortion, and blackmail. U.S. officials behave as if somehow they are above such things. Not so. The beauty of economic regulations, ...

McCain’s Al-Qaeda Scare

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During his recent trip to Iraq, Republican presidential candidate John McCain proclaimed, “Well, it’s common knowledge and has been reported in the media that Al Qaeda is going back into Iran and receiving training and are coming back into Iraq from Iran. That’s well known. And it’s unfortunate.” According to the New York Times, Senator Joseph Lieberman, who ...

Both Obama and Clinton Miss the Point on Iraq

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Throughout the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, Barack Obama has taken Hillary Clinton to task for her 2002 vote authorizing President Bush to attack Iraq. Obama says that Clinton’s vote reflected poor judgment on her part. Clinton has claimed that when she voted in favor of the authorization, she never imagined that President Bush ...

The D.C. Gun Ban Doesn’t Work

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In yesterday’s Washington Post, there was an article about gun traffickers who are robbing gun stores in Virginia in order to sell the guns to people in Washington, D.C. The story is timely given that the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in a case involving the constitutionality of D.C.’s gun ban. According to ...

Was Getting Rid of Saddam Worth It?

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More federal chickens are coming home to roost every day. Yesterday — yes, Sunday — the Federal Reserve, in obvious panic over the state of the financial markets, was working overtime to come up with a bailout plan for Bear Stearns, also using the opportunity to lower interest rates again rather than simply wait until ...

Immigration Central Planning

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Farmers in California have suffered enormous economic losses due to a shortage of labor to harvest their crops. It’s just another devastating consequence of immigration controls. Now, small businesses as far away as New England are suffering the consequences of immigration controls. According to an article in the New York Times, small businesses in that part ...

Bush’s Freedom Delusion

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In a further attempt to preserve his legacy, President Bush delivered a rousing speech in Nashville in which he said that he invaded Iraq to bring freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people. According to the New York Times, he told the audience that freedom was a God-given right and “every human being bears the ...

The Patriotic Bust of Spitzer

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American conservatives should be really proud of how the feds caught New York Governor Eliot Spitzer patronizing a prostitute. It all has to do with patriotism, conservative-style. After all, it was the USA Patriot Act itself that put the feds on Spitzer’s trail. The Patriot Act requires American bankers to be federal snitches. Whenever bankers notice ...

Those Dangerous Prostitutes

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If there is another terrorist attack on American soil, it would be natural to ask the same two questions that libertarians asked soon after 9/11: (1) Is the attack another instance of blowback from U.S. foreign policy, for example, from the death and destruction from the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq? (2) Was the failure to prevent 9/11 due to ...
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