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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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A Profound Book on the Pentagon and Foreign Policy

I just finished reading one of the best books on the Pentagon and U.S. foreign policy that I have ever read. The title of the book is House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power by James Carroll, the longtime columnist at the Boston Globe. The book was published in 2007 but I didn’t discover ...

The Dangers of a Standing Army

Consider why our American ancestors opposed a standing army for our nation: James Madison: “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defence agst. foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a ...

Stay Afraid: It Sustains the Welfare-Warfare State

Are you pacing the floors? Are you taking anxiety medication? Are you scared to death? Well, you should be doing all of the above. Be afraid. The entire world is going to collapse. Sequestration day is upon us. This is really hilarious. Have you noticed that the mainstream statist editorial writers and commentators have gone silent with all their horrible predictions ...

On the Glenn Beck Program

I had a fantastic time advancing libertarianism on the Glenn Beck Program yesterday with my good friend Jack Hunter, who served as the moderator for our two College Civil Liberties Tours last year, and my new friend Zach Slayback, a brilliant libertarian student at the University of Pennsylvania. All three of us were in Beck's studio in Irving, ...

FFF Video and Audio Appearances

Tomorrow—Wednesday--I am appearing on Glenn  Beck’s new Internet network, The Blaze, specifically on his new show the Glenn Beck Program. The show airs from 5-6 Eastern Time. If you’d like to tune in, you can get a free 14-day trial subscription to the network. Other guests on the show will be longtime conservative activist Jack Hunter ...

The Power to Assassinate a Compliant and Submissive People

President Obama’s nomination of John Brennan is being held up over Brennan’s refusal to state whether the president’s power to assassinate Americans (and others) extends to American soil. The controversy is summed up in a great article by Glenn Greenwald. The fact that Brennan could not bring himself to immediately say that the president doesn’t have the power to ...

Statists Hate Free Will

Sometimes the cashier at the grocery store asks people whether they would like to donate one dollar to some charity. Most of the people I’ve seen say no.  Whenever that happens, I think to myself how statists must be grinding their teeth in anger and rage when they hear that. If it were up to them, the state would ...

Drones, Assassinations, and the Drug War

The New York Times is reporting that the Chinese military recently planned to assassinate by drone a suspected drug lord hiding out in Myanmar who was accused of having murdered 13 Chinese soldiers. While Chinese authorities ultimately decided not to carry out the assassination and ended up capturing the guy and having a court sentence him to death, ...

Why Isn’t the Murder of an American Boy an Impeachable Offense?

Article 2, Section 4, of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” In 1998, President Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice for matters arising out of ...

The Slaughterhouse Cases

At my informal law and economics seminar last evening, we discussed the Slaughterhouse Cases, which were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1873. The seminar is conducted in conjunction with the George Mason University Economics Society, a great student-run libertarian group that is interested in free-market, Austrian economics. The Slaughterhouse Cases planted the seeds of economic liberty and ...

The Students for Liberty Conference

We had an absolutely awesome time at the Students for Liberty (SFL) conference this past weekend. There were about 1500-2000 undergraduate students attending, all of whom reflected a deep and passionate interest in libertarianism. There were also numerous libertarian foundations and think tanks participating in the conference, including The Future of Freedom Foundation, with booths and exhibits and lots ...

Free Trade Is Not Government-Controlled Trade

I can’t help but laugh when I read about President Obama’s plan to negotiate a “free-trade” agreement with the European Union. What part of “free” does he not understand? First of all, let’s be honest about why Obama is suddenly doing this. He, along with many other U.S. officials, has witnessed the success that China has had making friends with ...
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