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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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ISIS, Fear, and Anti-American Terrorism

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In yesterday’s blog post, “Perpetual Fear under Empire,” I pointed out that fear is the coin of the realm when living under an empire. As the Roman citizens learned when living under their empire, imperial escapades in overseas lands always produce endless crises. Then, Roman officials would use the crises as the way to get Roman citizens all ...

Perpetual Fear under Empire

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Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They’re not sleeping well, and they’re pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some Arabian desert, and behead them. There is something important to keep in mind about all this: This is the way of life under ...

The Supreme Court’s Abrogation of Responsibility on Declaring War

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Everyone agrees that under our system of government, the Constitution requires the president to secure a declaration of war from Congress before he can legally wage war. Everyone also agrees that presidents have violated this constitutional restriction on power several times, especially since World War II. We now are being treated to the latest manifestation of this phenomenon. President Obama’s ...

Remembering the Criminal Conviction of the Director of the CIA

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With yesterday marking the 41st anniversary of the U.S.-supported military coup in Chile, which resulted in the kidnapping, detention, rapes, torture, disappearances, and murders of thousands of innocent people, we would be remiss if we failed to commemorate the criminal conviction of Richard Helms, the Director of the CIA, for lying to Congress about the CIA’s role in ...

U.S. Officials Were Partners in Pinochet’s Kidnappings, Rapes, Torture, and Murders

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference on October 18 at Columbia University in New York City. Don't be caught short. Sign up now because space is limited. Admission price: FREE. Today marks the 41st anniversary of the military coup in Chile, a coup in which Chilean military personnel under the command of Army General Augusto Pinochet brutally raped ...

Drug Use in a Free Society

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference on October 18 at Columbia University in New York City. Don't be caught short. Sign up now because space is limited. Admission price: FREE. The state of Colorado is providing a good example of how American society would work without drug laws. There are two main arguments for legalizing drugs: First, people have the ...

Madison and Goering on ISIS

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference on October 18 at Columbia University in New York City. Don't be caught short. Sign up now because space is limited. Admission price: FREE. Let’s consider what James Madison and Herman Goering, two historical figures on opposite sides of the ideological scale, had to say about ISIS: Let’s start with Madison and break ...

Assassinating Castro

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference. Don't be caught short. Sign up now because space is limited. Admission price: FREE. In an era of endless state-sponsored assassinations on the part of the U.S. government, hardly anyone bothers to question or challenge the CIA’s repeated assassination attempts on Cuba’s former president, Fidel Castro. The assassination attempts have become part ...

Revisiting the Fable of the Hornets

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference. Don't be caught short. Sign up now because space is limited. Admission price: FREE. Two months after the 9/11 attacks — December 15, 2001 — I wrote an essay entitled “A Foreign-Policy Primer for Children: The Fable of the Hornets.” I would like to invite you, kind reader, to read or ...

Perpetual Anxiety Under Empire and Interventionism

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REMINDER: Our Upcoming One-Day Blockbuster Conference. Don't be caught short. Sign up now because space is limited. Admission price: FREE. One of our statist readers (yes, we actually have statists reading our stuff) is so anxious and distraught that I think he is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. He is pacing the floors. He is writing ...

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 ...
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