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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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Who Were the Patriots and Traitors on the Fourth of July, 1776?

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Contrary to popular belief, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, were not great Americans. They were instead great Englishmen. They were as much English citizens as you and I are American citizens. They were English citizens living abroad in lands under British jurisdiction, much like American citizens living in Puerto Rico. Why is that ...

Has Edward Snowden Been Added to Obama’s Kill List?

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It seems to me only fair that President Obama and his national-security state cohorts publicly announce whether NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been added to the presidential kill list, like two other American citizens who were assassinated, Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenage son Abdulrahman. When the U.S. government targets an American citizen for assassination, it seems only right that ...

We Need Your Support

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The immortal words of Ludwig von Mises apply to everyone of us today: No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Destruction is ...

The Imaginary Trial of Dietrich Schmoller

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Judicial Proceedings before the National-Security Tribunal of Nazi Germany, April 1943 Presiding Judge: This National Security Tribunal is now in session. The tribunal calls the case of The German National Socialist State vs. Dietrich Schmoller. The defendant will rise and enter his plea before the tribunal. Dietrich Schmoller: I plead Not Guilty. Presiding Judge: (screaming) What do you mean, “Not Guilty”? The ...

More Dark Side from the Empire

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During the Snowden controversy, the American people have been treated to a harsh dose of reality as to the true nature of the U.S. welfare-warfare state. The crisis has caused the U.S. welfare-warfare state to drop its mantle of “good and benevolent” and to bare its iron fangs for all the world to see. Threats, blackmail, bribery, and extortion. ...

The Power of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA

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In their quest for “safety,” many Americans refuse to confront a discomforting thought: That the national-security establishment, consisting principally of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, which purportedly exists to keep them “safe,” has actually cost them their freedom and now considers itself to be a permanent part of the U.S. government. In his Farewell Address, President Dwight Eisenhower ...

Will They Assassinate Snowden?

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One of the most fascinating parts of the Snowden controversy involves the possibility that the CIA or the military or perhaps even some super-secret NSA death squad will assassinate Snowden and thereby avoid the hassle of apprehending him and returning him for what would obviously be a highly publicized and not overly popular public trial. Snowden himself raised the ...

Freedom versus The National-Security State

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U.S. officials are poking fun at the fact that Edward Snowden, whose commitment to a free society motivated him to disclose the NSA’s massive secret surveillance scheme over the American people (and the people of the world), has fled to China and Russia, two countries that are near the top of the list of violators of civil liberties and ...

How Can We Trust Perjurers?

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President Obama says that we just need to trust him and national-security state officials with the power to secretly monitor our telephone calls and emails. He says that while it’s true that they’ve been secretly keeping data about our telephone calls, he assures us that no one is recording our telephone calls or indiscriminately reading our emails. But how do ...

National-Security State Toadies are Guilty of Hypocrisy on Snowden

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One of the most amusing aspects of the NSA scandal has been watching national-security state toadies berate Edward Snowden, the man who blew the whistle on the NSA’s longtime secret surveillance system, for being a “coward.” Their rationale? They say that Snowden should have stayed here in the United States instead of fleeing to Hong Kong. They say that if he ...

Replacing the Welfare-Warfare State with a Free Society

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The following is a non-verbatim rendition of a talk entitled “Replacing the Welfare-Warfare State with a Free Society” that FFF president Jacob Hornberger delivered to the Fairfax County, Virginia, Young Republicans on June 19, 2013: Thank you. It’s very nice to be here to share ideas on liberty with the Fairfax County Young Republicans. Everywhere you look, there is a crisis. Social ...

A Response to Michael Lind

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One of the country’s major welfare-statists, Michael Lind, stirred up an interesting discussion when he asked the following question: If libertarianism is so great, why aren’t there any countries that have adopted it? Here is some of the discussion: The Question Libertarians Just Can’t Answer by Michael Lind Grow Up, Libertarians by Michael Lind Tom Woods Reply Number 1
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