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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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Why Do Conservatives Favor Immigration Socialism?

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Last month Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint and Heritage scholar Robert Rector presented the Heritage Foundation’s solution to the latest immigration crisis. The premier conservative foundation in the country thinks the federal government should focus on bringing in immigrants who have high-school degrees because they’re more likely to bring more benefits and lower costs to American society. As columnist Dana ...

FFF’s Income-Tax Webinar

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If you haven’t been participating in FFF’s new webinar series, you’re missing a valuable and enjoyable intellectual treat. The webinar is conducted by FFF vice president Sheldon Richman. The first webinar was on the economy and the second one was on Frederic Bastiat’s great book Economic Harmonies. The next webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at ...

JFK and the Deferentials

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Proponents of the government’s lone-nut assassination theory in the John Kennedy assassination oftentimes suggest that those who reject the official version of what happened have some sort of psychological need to place the assassination within the context of a conspiracy. Conspiracy theorists, they say, simply cannot accept the idea that a lone nut succeeded in killing a president of ...

Syria and the U.S. Are Partners in Crime

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I know it’s considered heresy to criticize the U.S. government with respect to foreign affairs, but sometimes it’s just necessary to point out the disingenuousness and hypocrisy of the U.S. national-security state. There are lots of good examples that one can draw upon but since Syria is in the news, that’s a good one to focus on. Today, the official ...

An Example of Deference to Authority

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In yesterday’s blog post, I pointed out that the real purpose of public (i.e., government) schooling is to produce good little citizens who defer to the authority of the federal government. Through 12 years of regimentation within an army-lite structure, the minds of people are gradually molded from childhood to trustingly defer to the judgment of federal officials, ...

Public Schooling Teaches Deference to Authority

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Following up on my blog post of yesterday regarding public schooling, yesterday’s New York Times had a really interesting article about public schooling in Thailand that demonstrated perfectly the real purpose of this socialistic program—to produce good little citizens who loyally defer to the authority of the government. Through of a system of imposed regimentation and conformity ...

Conservatives Favor Competitive Socialism in Education

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An excellent example of how differently libertarians and conservatives view the concepts of freedom and free markets with respect to the area of education appears in an article entitled “The Twinkification of American Education” by John Zmirak, which is posted on the website of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a longtime conservative organization. Zmirak is a conservative himself ...

Why Not Separate Charity and the State?

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The welfare state is founded on force. With Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, education grants, foreign aid, and every other welfare-state program, the government forces people to share part of their money with others, including the elderly, the poor, farmers, students, foreign dictators, and many others. This coercive process is based on the government’s seizure of people’s income ...

Obama Spoke the Truth on Freedom and War

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President Obama undoubtedly stunned proponents of the “war on terrorism” by quoting James Madison in his recent foreign-policy speech: “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” In fact, Obama even shocked me with his use of that quote, given that The Future of Freedom Foundation has cited Madison’s quote innumerable times ever since the 9/11 ...

The Evil of Humanitarian Interventionism

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American statists sometimes justify U.S. military interventionism in foreign countries by saying that it’s necessary to save people from the tyranny and oppression at the hands of their own government. When a dictator is killing his people, they argue, it is up to the U.S. military to invade the country, oust the dictator, and install a new, more benevolent ...

Murder, Inc.

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For all his faults and failures, President Lyndon Johnson put it correctly: With its assassination program, the CIA was operating a “damned Murder Inc.” Not only does Johnson’s pointed observation observe the true nature of the federal government’s assassination program, it also serves to show that assassination has been an integral part of the U.S. national-security state apparatus since ...

JFK Assassination Controversy Erupts at Huffington Post

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An interesting controversy over the JFK assassination has erupted at the Huffington Post. A man named Peter Mandel has authored an essay entitled, “Conspiracy Theorists Keep My Late Father in Their Sights,” which the Huffington Post published this past Monday. Judging from the article’s tagline, Peter Mandel is a prominent author of picture books for kids. On December 6, ...
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