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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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Greece and America’s Economic Revolution

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The Greek economic crisis demonstrates how Greece and, for that matter, most of Europe, remain mired in a highly regulated economic system that harkens back to the mercantilist era. Greece’s economic system also reminds us of the revolutionary economic system that our American ancestors implemented when they called the federal government into existence in 1787. And it reminds us ...

Iran’s Criminal Justice System Reminds Us of Ours

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The judicial procedures that Iranian officials are using in the criminal trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian remind us of our judicial system here in the United States. No, not the federal judicial system here within the United States but rather the U.S. judicial system that the Pentagon and the CIA have established and operate at Guantanamo Bay, ...

Obama’s Coziness with Vietnam’s Communists

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Last week, President Obama hosted Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in a visit to the White House. It was a meeting characterized by friendliness and cooperation between the president and the Communist Party head. Referring to the meeting, the New York Times editorialized that the it made sense because “Mr. Trong is Vietnam’s highest-ranking political leader ...

Who are the Patriots on the Fourth?

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On the Fourth of July, American statists will be praising the troops, glorifying their exploits in foreign countries, thanking them for defending our rights and freedoms, and expressing thanks to federal officials for taking care of them with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education grants, farm subsidies, drug laws, and the myriad other programs that come with America’s welfare-warfare state. That’s ...

The Key to Prosperity in Greece

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Libertarians, of course, do not profess to have answers to the many woes produced by statism. That certainly includes the many economic problems produced by Greece's welfare-state, regulated-economy way of life. But there are solid libertarian principles that the Greeks could adopt if they wish to build the foundation of a dynamic and prosperous society. Here are those principles: Leave people ...

The Corrosive and Destructive Power of the Dole

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Imagine you’re on the Titanic and the ship captain says, “If everyone throws his luggage overboard, the ship will be saved” and everyone responds, “No way. I’ve got a right to my luggage. Everyone else can throw his luggage overboard if he wants, but not me.” That pretty much describes the situation in Greece. The government is bankrupt and the ...

The Bankruptcy of Greece’s Welfare State

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Make no mistake about it: The economic and financial crisis in Greece is rooted in the welfare state, a way of life in which a nation’s government is charged with the responsibility of taking money from people and giving it to other people. It is this way of life — the welfare-state way of life — that has taken ...

Porcfest Was Awesome!

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It was FFF’s first time at Porcfest, and we’re already talking about next year. FFF’s program director Bart Frazier, FFF policy advisor Scott McPherson, and I participated. And what an awesome time we all had! It was unlike any libertarian conference I’ve ever attended. Porcfest is sponsored by the Free State Project in New Hampshire. There were about 2,000 ...

The National-Security’s State’s Crisis Racket

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Imagine that Russia announced that it was reconstituting the Warsaw Pact and that Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Grenada, and Bolivia had signed on as members. Imagine also that Russia fomented a regime-change operation in Mexico that succeeded in ousting the democratically elected president of the country and installing a pro-Russia ruler in his stead. Imagine that Russia then embarked on ...

Is the Hallmark Channel Libertarian?

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Okay, yes, I am a big fan of the Hallmark Channel. After watching one of its Christmas movies a couple of days ago, which I recorded back in December, an important question has to be asked: Is the Hallmark Channel libertarian? The movie is entitled “’Come Dance with Me,” starring Andrew McCarthy and a Canadian actress named Michelle Nolden. Since ...

Clinton or Bush? Liberal or Conservative? What’s the Difference?

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Last Sunday,longtime Washington Post journalist Dan Balz raised my hopes and then quickly dashed them. In an article in last Sunday’s Post comparing Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, Balz immediately got my attention with the following sentence near the beginning of his article: “Though of different parties and different philosophies, Clinton and Bush share one thing in common: ...
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