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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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Compare North Korea’s Judicial System to Gitmo

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference. Sign up now because space is limited. Yesterday, the New York Times reported on three Americans who are being held by North Korea against their will and who want to return home. The North Korean authorities refuse to let them leave the country. While one of the men, Kenneth Bae, was ...

Political Corruption Is Inherent to the Welfare-Warfare State

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The federal prosecution of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell helps us to understand the financial corruption that goes to the heart of America’s welfare-warfare state and the regulated economy. Federal prosecutors are alleging that McDonnell performed official favors for Jonnie R. Williams, Sr., in return for large campaign contributions that Williams gave to McDonnell. Pardon me for pointing out the ...

What James Foley’s Murder Says about the U.S.

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Given that the Islamic State subjected American citizen James Foley to physical abuse, waterboarding, and extra-judicial execution, U.S. officials and American interventionists, including those in the mainstream media, are describing the Islamic State as savage and barbaric. But wait a minute! When the U.S. government was doing those same things, weren’t U.S. officials and American interventionists saying that such actions ...

Our Upcoming Conference

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We just received a grant from one of our donors to host what just might prove to be the finest and most important conference in the 25-year history of The Future of Freedom Foundation. We are doing the conference in partnership with the Young Americans for Liberty, a nationally renowned group devoted to libertarianism. We have worked with YAL in ...

The Murder of James Foley

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In response to the Islamic State's execution of American journalist James Foley, President Obama referred to Foley's killers as a “cancer.” That, of course, implies that anti-American terrorism is like a disease, one that strikes at nations willy nilly, without rhyme or reason. Obama’s cancer metaphor for ISIS brings to mind what President Bush said about al Qaeda after the ...

The Evil of U.S. Aggression against Iraq

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What better confirmation of the manifest failure of the philosophy of foreign interventionism than the renewed U.S. bombing of Iraq? Just think: All those hundreds of thousands of dead, maimed, detained, and tortured Iraqis, along with those who lost their homes, businesses, and savings. They were all bombed and shot by U.S. troops for nothing. All those Iraqis suffered and ...

How to Provoke a Crisis

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There is no one more capable at provoking a crisis than the U.S. national-security establishment. They are absolute experts at doing so. They have to be. Their survival and ever-increasing tax-funded bounty depends on it. Consider, for example, a recent altercation between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet near the coast of Japan. According to an article ...

Three Malignant Tumors on the Body Politic

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As everyone knows, no matter how healthy a person might be, cancerous tumors, if permitted to remain in the body, will ultimately bring about the person’s demise. Depending on the size and aggressiveness of the cancer, the end might occur sooner or it might come later, but it will inevitably come. The same holds true for the body politic. Once ...

Ferguson Cops and the Fourteenth Amendment

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The antagonism displayed by the militarized police force in Ferguson, Missouri, toward the protests and demonstrations by people outraged over the police killing of Michael Brown provides a good opportunity to review constitutional principles, especially the Fourteenth Amendment. We begin with the Constitution itself. When it called the federal government into existence, it simultaneously limited its powers to those enumerated ...

Welcome to Military America

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Perhaps it’s finally dawning on many Americans the adverse effect that the national-security state apparatus, which was grafted onto America’s governmental system after World War II, has had on American society. It’s taken the events in Ferguson, Missouri, to cause people to see what a militarized society looks like. We’ve seen the blowback that has come with U.S. imperialist and ...

What If the Military or CIA Had Killed Mike Brown?

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While the facts surrounding the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, must still be determined, one thing is clear: If it turns out that the killing was not justified, the law dictates that he is subject to being criminally indicted and also to being sued in a civil action for wrongful death by Brown’s survivors. Not so, however, ...

Embracing Communists

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For some 45 years, the U.S. national-security state justified its existence and its Cold War antics based on the “communist threat” that the United States was supposedly facing. If the United States failed to maintain an enormous standing army and a CIA, the nation would almost sure to fall into communist hands. Moreover, we were told, dark-side practices, such as ...
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