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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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The Communists Won the Cuban Missile Crisis

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For decades the official story here in the United States, one that is inculcated into every student in every public school in the land, is that in the showdown between President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963, Kennedy inflicted a humiliating defeat on Khrushchev by forcing him to back down and remove ...

Putin, Businessmen, and Economic Crimes

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Russian businessman Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg are learning a lesson about economic crimes that American businessmen learned a long time ago. When Alexei decided to take on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the political arena, he and his brother soon became the target of a federal criminal prosecution relating to economic and financial crimes. Two weeks ago, ...

Conservative Hypocrisy on the Cuban Embargo

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We are witnessing classic conservative hypocrisy with their predictable opposition to the lifting of the 54-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba. That includes many Latin American conservatives who have come to view the U.S. government as their “papasito” and who are now lamenting that the U.S. government might no longer be intervening on their behalf in Cuba. Let’s count five ways ...

FFF’s JFK Books Hit Amazon Best-Seller List

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Last September, The Future of Freedom Foundation launched a special 6 ½-hour video presentation on the JFK autopsy entitled “Altered History: Exposing Deceit and Deception in the JFK Medical Evidence” by Douglas P. Horne, who served on the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. The video presentation was based on Horne’s five-volume book Inside the Assassination ...

Voluntary vs. Mandatory Charity

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As everyone knows, one of the major differences between statists and libertarians is over the issue of charity. Libertarians believe that charity should be voluntary. Statists believe it should be mandatory. In analyzing this fundamental difference in perspective, there is one indisputable fact: The more wealth there is in a society, the greater the amount of charity that can be ...

A Radical Question about the CIA in the Mainstream Press

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Several days ago, the New York Times, which of course epitomizes the mainstream press in America, asked a question that ordinarily would be found mainly on libertarian websites like that of The Future of Freedom Foundation. In the Room for Debate section of the Times’ Opinion Pages, the Times asked: “Do We Need the C.I.A.?” In the introduction to ...

JFK and the Cuban Embargo

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It will be fascinating to watch the unfolding debate over the lifting of the decades-old Cold War U.S. embargo against Cuba because it will enable Americans today to get a sense of what the U.S. national-security establishment — i.e., the military and the CIA – felt about President Kennedy when he was in office. Already, we’re hearing that President Obama ...

Bring the Sacrificial Lambs in Korea Home Now

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During the Christmas holiday, I had the opportunity to visit with high-school and a college-age nephew, nieces, and their friends in Texas. Watching an extremely harrowing scene involving air-to-air combat in the movie Unbroken, my teen-age niece turned to me and asked, “Is that the way war really is?” I responded, “Much worse.” Back at my brother’s house after the ...

A Cold War Breakthrough

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More than 50 years after the U.S. government’s imposition of its brutal economic embargo against the Cuban people, yesterday’s announcement by President Obama calling for a lifting of the embargo represents a major breakthrough for libertarians and others who are committed to the principles of individual liberty, free markets, private property, liberty of contract, freedom of travel, and freedom ...

Libertarians vs. Conservatives on Torture

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Sometimes people who are new to libertarianism think that libertarianism is just a subset of conservatism. Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are some overlaps on economic issues, libertarianism is a philosophy that stands squarely against conservatism and, for that matter, liberalism or, as it is commonly known, progressivism. The current national debate on torture provides a ...

The Cold War Has Never Ended for the CIA

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In the midst of the CIA’s torture scandal, USAID continues its obsessive Cold War activity against Cuba, in a desperate attempt to finally, once and for all, oust the Castro regime from power and install another pro-U.S. dictatorship. Yes, I know how a conservative would immediately respond: “Jacob, the CIA and USAID are two separate and distinct entities. Why are ...
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