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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Imagine Life Without the First Amendment

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One of the most pervasive myths within the United States is that our rights come from the U.S. Constitution. Even the U.S. Supreme Court subscribes to this myth whenever it searches the Constitution to determine whether people have a certain right or not. Actually, as Thomas Jefferson observed in the Declaration of Independence, people’s rights are inherent to human beings. ...

The Danger We Face Is From Within

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As most everyone knows, ISIS, not al-Qaeda, is the newest official enemy facing the United States. The truth, however, is that it’s not ISIS that poses the biggest threat to the American people. Instead, the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people is the moral rot that lies at the center of America’s welfare-warfare state. Under ...

The Futility of Reform

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Why can’t statists see that their system is inherently defective and that any reforms that are enacted to fix it only makes things worse? Look at Iraq. Twelve years ago, statists were celebrating “Mission Accomplished” over the fact that the most powerful military force in history had just smashed a small, weak Third World regime. Statists were ecstatic over the U.S. ...

My Trip to Yuma

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I just returned from an awesome trip to Yuma, Arizona, where I participated in programs hosted by The Freedom Library, a fantastic educational foundation run by long-time libertarian Howard Blitz. For many years, the Freedom Library has been running free-market, libertarian educational programs that are oriented to people of all ages, but with a special emphasis on young ...

Why Was the ARRB Prohibited from Investigating the Kennedy Assassination?

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One of the interesting aspects of the John F. Kennedy assassination was the establishment of the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. That was the board whose mission was to secure the release and disclosure of long-secret documents and records relating to the Kennedy assassination. The national-security establishment — i.e., the U.S. military and the CIA — could not ...

National Security, Patriotism, and Treason

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Ever since the post-World War II grafting of the national-security apparatus onto America's governmental structure, the assumption of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA has been that Americans who oppose national-security state policies and practices are “subversives” or even traitors. We experienced this phenomenon throughout the Cold War. U.S. officials were spying on Americans who believed in communism or ...

End Immigration Socialism

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I had an interesting debate against a conservative named Mark Krikorean on the Stossel show on the Fox Business Network on the subject of immigration. Krikorean heads up an organization called the Center for Immigration Studies, which calls for immigration controls. As I have long pointed out, I find conservatives to be fascinating people. One reason for my fascination is ...

The Importance of the JFK Autopsy

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We experienced some technical glitches with the posting of the first two parts of our JFK video project and so today we are doing a complete re-launch of the project. In case you missed my article introducing this project and explaining its importance and relevance, here is the link to it: “Altered History: The FFF Video Project on ...

Jose Padilla’s Constitutional Upheaval

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Convicted terrorist Jose Padilla, an American citizen, is back in the news. Unhappy with the 17-year sentence that federal Judge Marcia Cooke originally meted out to Padilla, the Justice Department appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Agreeing that the sentence was too short, the Court of Appeals remanded the case to the District Court with instructions to ...

ISIS, Fear, and Anti-American Terrorism

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In yesterday’s blog post, “Perpetual Fear under Empire,” I pointed out that fear is the coin of the realm when living under an empire. As the Roman citizens learned when living under their empire, imperial escapades in overseas lands always produce endless crises. Then, Roman officials would use the crises as the way to get Roman citizens all ...

Perpetual Fear under Empire

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Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They’re not sleeping well, and they’re pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some Arabian desert, and behead them. There is something important to keep in mind about all this: This is the way of life under ...

The Supreme Court’s Abrogation of Responsibility on Declaring War

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Everyone agrees that under our system of government, the Constitution requires the president to secure a declaration of war from Congress before he can legally wage war. Everyone also agrees that presidents have violated this constitutional restriction on power several times, especially since World War II. We now are being treated to the latest manifestation of this phenomenon. President Obama’s ...
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