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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 Healthcare Reform Syndrome

For the life of me, I still don’t understand why Republican congressmen had that big fight over Obamacare and the budget resolution. I mean, why start a fight when you know that you’re going to throw in the towel before the fight is over? After the Republicans started the fight, I tweeted my prediction: that the Republicans would end ...

Why the Kennedy Assassination Still Matters

On the approaching 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the obvious question arises: What difference does it make? A half century has passed since the assassination. It’s now history. Why spend any time on it? What relevance does it have to people living today, especially young people to whom the question “Where were you when you learned Kennedy was ...

On the Road to Greece

Greece continues to provide a fantastic reality check for the American people. The Greek government continued spending more than it was bringing in with taxes. Rather than slash spending, it borrowed the difference. It kept piling debt on top of debt. Finally, the mountain of government debt got so high that lenders were no longer willing to lend more ...

The CIA’s National-Security Nonsense on JFK Records

Over the weekend, the Dallas Morning News published an interesting article entitled “What We Still Don’t Know About the Kennedy Assassination” by former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley. According to the article, the CIA continues to keep secret some 1,100 records relating to the Kennedy assassination, which, from what I have been told, amounts to an estimated tens ...

What Would a Free Society Look Like?

Given the enormous role that the welfare-warfare state plays in American life, it is always easy for libertarians to find deprivations of liberty, such as coerced charity, drug-war incarcerations, the IRS, torture, surveillance, and assassination. Infringements on fundamental rights and liberties have become such an integral part of daily life that many Americans have even come to believe that ...

Chinese Bloggers Give Us Hope and Inspiration

Chinese bloggers who are experiencing a severe crackdown at the hands of their own government provide a source of hope and inspiration for advocates of liberty here in the United States. Take a look at this New York Times op-ed: “Busting China’s Bloggers” by Murong Xuecon, one of the many bloggers in China who are standing up to their ...

Income Taxation Protects the Rich and Hurts the Poor

Statists love to tell us how the income tax helps the poor by taxing the rich and equalizing wealth. That’s just sheer nonsense. For one thing, most of the money they take from people with income taxes is used to fund the welfare-warfare state, very little of which actually ends up in the hands of the poor. Moreover, to ...

Why Would Oswald Have Done It?

With the approaching 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, it would be appropriate to ask an important question: Why would Oswald have done it? Why would he have assassinated President Kennedy? As I see it, there are four possible scenarios, only one of which, in my opinion, makes any sense.  Let’s break down and analyze each one. 1. Oswald was a ...

A Great Conference on the JFK Assassination

I just returned from one of the finest conferences I’ve ever attended. It was a 3-day conference on the John Kennedy assassination sponsored by the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Not only were the speakers fantastic, the conference itself was first-class. 400 people attended. Wecht is a forensic ...

The False Default Scare

Let’s assume that I am earning $5,000 per month and that I have the following monthly expenses: Mortgage Food Car Clothing Interest Entertainment Other Total $1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 500 2,000 2,500 $9,000 Do you see the problem? I’m bringing in $5,000 a month and spending $9,000 a month. That’s a deficit of $4,000 a month. That’s precisely the problem facing the federal government. It’s spending a trillion dollars more than what it’s bringing ...

The Sky’s the Ceiling on Federal Debt

PRELIMINARY NOTE: We have another great webinar this week with Sheldon Richman, who continues his analysis of the market process. In order to get our nation back on the right track with respect to economic liberty, two things are necessary: A deep desire for a free society and a deep understanding of how the free market operates. Once a ...

The First Step in the JFK Cover-Up

I saw the new movie Parkland yesterday. While reviews are panning the movie, which isn’t too surprising given that it’s based on Vincent Bugliosi’s book Reclaiming History, which is a long rehash of the lone-nut theory posited by the Warren Commission, I wanted to see how the movie depicted a certain scene at Parkland Hospital, a scene that I ...
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