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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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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

Conformity versus Conscience

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Suppose you have taken a job with the U.S. national-security state. You pass a high-level background check that secures you a top-secret security clearance. It is explained to you that everything that you see or do in your new job is classified top-secret. You are advised that you can never mention or discuss anything you see or do with ...

The NSA Scandal and Syrian Intervention

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President Obama says that the reason he has finally decided to intervene in Syria by providing weaponry to Syrian rebels is because the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in the conflict. Never mind that Obama has provided no evidence for his claim. Hey, if George W. Bush could get away with a bogus WMD claim ...

Don’t Forget Cuba’s Surveillance System

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Several years ago I traveled to Cuba. As most everyone knows, it’s a federal crime to travel to Cuba and spend money there without the official permission of the U.S. government. The idea is that if you travel to Cuba and spend money there without the permission of the federal government, national security will be threatened. If, on the other ...

Why No Perjury Indictment for Clapper?

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The feds indicted and prosecuted Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators about a stock trade. They also indicted baseball star Roger Clemens for supposedly lying to Congress about drug abuse. So, the obvious question arises: Why no perjury indictment against Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. Consider the following testimony that Clapper gave to Congress last March:

Who Were the Patriots and Traitors in Nazi Germany?

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Ever since I was a kid, I have heard Americans ask, “How could the German people have allowed the Nazi regime to commit its evil acts?” Well, here’s the answer to that question: The German people had the same warped and distorted concept of patriotism that American statists have today. The overwhelming majority of German citizens believed that it was their ...

Why They Really Spy on the Citizenry

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If you’re a good little citizen who doesn’t make waves and loyally supports whatever the federal government does, always deferring to its authority and trusting its officials, and if you maintain this mindset for the rest of your life, the probability is that you don’t have anything to worry about with respect to the government’s keeping records of your ...

The Role of Foreign Policy in Security-State Surveillance

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In the national discussion over the national-security state’s massive surveillance scheme over the American people, it’s imperative that we keep in mind how the national-security state’s foreign policy of empire and interventionism play into how we have ended up with an Orwellian system of national surveillance at the hands of the federal government. How are statists justifying the NSA’s ...

Surveillance-State Communism

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In the name of keeping us safe, it’s now indisputable that the U.S. national-security state has enveloped the American people in an extensive web of surveillance, one that characterizes communist regimes. It’s just the latest episode in the sordid, dark-side history of the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our constitutional order as part ...
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