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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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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 ...

Italy Rejects the Supremacy of the U.S. National-Security State

An appeals court in Italy has just sentenced two former Italian officials, Nicolo Pollari and Marco Mancini, to 10 years and 9 years in jail. Pollari served as head of Italian military intelligence and Mancini was head of counterintelligence. Their crime? They conspired with the CIA to kidnap a man named Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr off the streets of ...

The National-Security State and the Dark Side

It seems to me that the most ardent proponents of such things as assassination, indefinite detention, torture, and assassination would concede that all these things reflect a dark side to which our nation has been led since 9/11. They would tell us, however, that such things are just necessary to protect our nation in the “war on terrorism” and ...

The Omnipotent Power to Assassinate Any of Us

Suppose an American citizen who is openly critical of governmental policy decides to take a trip overseas, say to Yemen. Suppose that President Obama orders the military and the CIA to assassinate him while he is traveling within Yemen. Suppose the order is carried out and that that American is, in fact, assassinated. Most Americans would consider such an assassination ...

Put the Postal Service Out Of Its Misery

In the latest episode in its periodic throes of pain and misery, the Postal Service has announced that it intends to cancel Saturday delivery of mail in order to save money. I’ve got a better idea: Get the government totally out of the business of delivering mail, by closing down the Postal Service and repealing the government’s legal monopoly ...

What Were the Standards for Executing Charles Horman?

While Americans are seeking to determine the standards, if any, for President Obama’s assassination of American citizens, would it be too much to ask about the standards that were applied in the U.S. national-security state’s execution of American citizen Charles Horman? After all, in principle is a state-sponsored extra-judicial execution any different from a state-sponsored assassination? Why shouldn’t Americans ...
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