Hornberger's Blog

Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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Where’s That Cliff?

Have you noticed that all that fear-mongering among the statists regarding the fiscal cliff is starting to diminish? That’s because they are now coming to the realization that their fear-mongering might not succeed in driving Congress and the president into making a deal that would avoid the fiscal cliff. Given that the fiscal cliff is almost upon us, the ...

No Moral Standing to Criticize Putin

The U.S. government’s ongoing dispute with Russian President Vladimir Putin reflects what a disaster the U.S. government’s “war on terrorism” has been, at least from the standpoint of moral standing. Ever since his election, Putin, harkening back to what he undoubtedly remembers as the fond days of the Soviet Union, has been taking harsh actions to suppress criticism of him, ...

American Children and Foreign Children

If there is a more emotionally painful experience than a parent’s losing a child, I can’t imagine what it would be. The emotional wound is raw and goes down to the deepest recesses of a person’s heart and soul. And as we see with the Connecticut massacre ...

Interventionism and the Connecticut Horror

Following up on my blog post of December 17 on the shootings in Connecticut, “Those Government Gun-Free Zones,” I wish to make a supplemental point, one about interventionism. It appears increasingly likely that the Connecticut massacre will lead to some sort of gun-control measure being enacted by Congress. Will whatever measure they enact mean that there will be no more ...

Republican Soul-Searching

Pity Republicans and conservatives. At a time they thought they would be celebrating the Christmas season with planning for inaugural balls for Mitt Romney, they are instead wallowing in depression and soul-searching. They were so sure they were going to win. Now, they’re already overly preoccupied over whether Hillary Clinton will run again ...

Those Government Gun-Free Zones

It’s no big surprise. A gun massacre brings out the gun-control crowd, which loudly demands that gun control be imposed on the American people, as if that would have prevented the massacre in Connecticut. It’s really a shame to have to trot out the same arguments exposing ...

Drug-War Tyranny in Its Purest Form

Stephanie George, who is now 42 years old, has spent the last 15 years of her life in jail. That might turn out to be a short period of time, given that her sentence is life without parole. She has no hope of ever being released from jail. Her crime? Living in a ...

Don’t Forget Maher Arar’s Rendition to Syria

President Obama has just announced that the U.S. government has decided to formally recognize the rebel group that is trying to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power. The rebel group, however, seems not to be overly impressed with the president’s announcement. According to the

The Glory of Libertarianism

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country,” inspiring Thomas Paine to reply, “Where liberty is not, that is my home.” We libertarians happen to have been born in what Paine described as his preferred home — a country in which liberty is not. We ...

How About We Just End Foreign Aid?

American statists are wringing their hands in anxiety and fear over the impending “fiscal cliff” and debt ceiling. The problem, however, is that every statist has his own personal favorite government programs, either in the welfare state or the warfare state or both. Thus, whenever somebody suggests that some particular welfare-warfare state program ...

Winning in the War on Drugs

The war on drugs provides a good example of the power of ideas. Twenty years ago, it was mostly libertarians who were challenging this war and calling for it to be ended. Today, people from all walks of life, including law enforcement officers and judges, are calling for an end to the horribly ...

Debt-Ceiling Scare Nonsense

The New York Times is at it again, pounding on Republicans for not quickly agreeing to raise the debt ceiling once again. In an editorial this week, the Times said that Republican extortionist and blackmail-like intransigence was endangering economic progress ...
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