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Upcoming FFF Speaking Events

We’ve all become so accustomed to communicating on the Internet via such things as email, websites, webinars, live-streaming, Facebook, and the like that it’s easy to forget the enjoyment and value of person-to-person speeches. In the last few weeks, I’ve given speeches at three college campuses--the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Albany, New York, and ...

Are the Boston Deaths and Injuries Worth It?

Whether we call them criminals or terrorists, the issue of motive in the Boston bombings is becoming increasingly clear. The bombers were motivated to kill people at the Boston Marathon by the death and destruction wreaked by the U.S. national-security state in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and neighboring areas. That’s not to say, of course, that statists aren’t doing their best ...

Foreign Policy and Gun Control in Boston

I wish to make two observations about the bombings in Boston, one relating to U.S. foreign policy and one relating to gun control. Ever since the 9/11 attacks, many Americans simply have been unable to fathom that foreigners can get so angry over the U.S. government’s actions in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and elsewhere that they end up retaliating with ...

Open Borders Are the Solution

I am pleased to announce that the e-book format for FFF’s book The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration, edited by Richard M. Ebeling and Jacob Hornberger, is now available. The purchase price is $2.99. The book provides the libertarian case for open borders, a way of life in which people can freely cross international borders to ...

Immigration Chaos

All my life I have watched immigration controllers go through their periodic paroxysms of anxiety over the latest immigration “crisis” and then fight over what reforms to adopt to address the crisis. Of course, no reform has ever worked to resolve the latest immigration crisis.  After reforms have been enacted, I have become accustomed to simply waiting for the ...

Blowback at Boston?

In my article last February entitled “Coming to a City Near You? Assassination and Sanction Blowback,” I wrote: But there is another point that Americans need to ponder. That point is that the U.S. government’s assassination program in Pakistan, Yemen, and elsewhere and its sanctions program against Iran might well lead to “blowback” in the form of ...

Freedom versus Mandatory Charity

Imagine if Congress enacted a law requiring everyone to attend church on Sunday. The idea would be that mandatory church attendance would be good for American society. With everyone being inculcated with moral and religious principles once a week, our society would be less drug-ridden, violent, and dysfunctional. The law would also be justified as being in everyone’s long-term ...

Korea Brings to Mind the Cuban Missile Crisis

The crisis over North Korea brings to mind a similar crisis with another communist country, Cuba, back in 1962. That was the Cuban Missile Crisis. U.S. officials have long maintained that Cuba and the Soviet Union were the ones responsible for bringing the Soviet Union and the United States to the brink of nuclear war. The U.S. government is portrayed ...

New FFF eBook: Separating School and State

A recent controversy broke out over a test administered in Texas public schools, one that has especially roiled conservative statists. The controversy revolved around a test question involving 9/11 that was based on a video shown to Texas public-school students. The test question asked why the United States might be a target for terrorism. The video suggested that the ...

Destroying the Switzerland of Central America

Leave it to the U.S. national-security state to destroy another country, this one being Costa Rica, known as the “Switzerland of Central America” and whose national slogan is “pura vida”—“pure life.” How is the U.S. government now destroying Costa Rica? No, not with bombs or missiles—at least not yet—but with its much-vaunted drug war, which the Pentagon and the CIA ...
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