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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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American Soldiers Did Not Die Defending Our Freedom

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I was at the Washington Nationals baseball game yesterday. Whenever I attend a Nats game, there is an air of militarism surrounding the game, but attending on Memorial Day helps to remind us what a truly militarized society America has become. After all, what in the world does baseball, a quite peaceful and enjoyable pastime, have to do with America’s ...

Libertarian Patriotism vs. Statist Patriotism

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Today, Memorial Day, we are exhorted to display our patriotism by supporting the troops. That’s the statist version of patriotism. It involves a deference to authority and a conformity of mindset that induces citizens to automatically support the troops regardless of what the troops are doing. The libertarian version of patriotism is completely different. It depends on an independent mindset, ...

A Military Coup in Thailand

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In response to a military coup in Thailand this week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement saying: “There is no justification for this military coup. While we value our long friendship with the Thai people, this act will have negative implications for the U.S.-Thai relationship, especially for our relationship with the Thai military.” Who is Kerry kidding? ...

Kudos to President Correa

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Good for Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa for kicking USAID out of his country. If only every nation in the world would do that. While part of USAID’s activities ostensibly relate to helping “the poor,” that’s just a cover to disguise the real mission of the agency: to act in tandem with the CIA to engage in political activity designed ...

A Rotten Criminal-Justice System

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A good sign of a rotten criminal-justice system is the extent to which it is putting good, ordinary people into jail for inane criminal offenses while letting real criminals walk the streets free and carefree. Unfortunately, that is the type of system that now exists in the United States. Recently, a man named Michael Steinberg was sentenced to 42 months ...

A Glimmer of Light from Switzerland

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Swiss citizens have provided a glimmer of light within the statist darkness into which the United States has plunged. In a national vote, they rejected a proposed national minimum wage of $25 an hour. Even better, they understood why the proposal was going to be destructive to working people, especially those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Notice something ...

Conservatives Are Doomed

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If you attend any conservative conference, I will guarantee you that you will encounter the following mantra countless times: “free enterprise, private property, and limited government.” You will hear it in speeches, read it in brochures, hear it in casual conversations, and see it prominently displayed at exhibit booths. It is the guiding mantra of the conservative movement. There is ...

The Student-Loan Scam

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The federal student loan program ranks among the biggest scams of the welfare-state way of life that modern-day Americans have embraced. An article in the Washington Post entitled “College Debt Is Still Keeping Grads from Buying Homes,” points out that “young people are still drowning in student loans, and that debt is holding them back from reaching grown-up financial ...

U.S. Intervention in Nigeria?

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The kidnapping of 260 schoolgirls in Nigeria provides another example of why it is in the interests of the American people to dismantle their Cold War national-security state apparatus, including America’s overseas military empire, its gigantic standing army, and the CIA. As long as this apparatus remains in existence, U.S. officials are inevitably going to use it to embroil ...

Immigration Controls Bring Death and Misery

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Twelve-year-old Noemi Alvarez Quillay is dead. She committed suicide. She was making her second attempt to journey from Ecuador to New York City to reunite with her parents, who had illegally come to the United States to better their lives when Noemi was a toddler. The New York Times writes: A bashful, studious girl, Noemi walked 10 minutes across ...

Wild River and TVA Socialism

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I’ve got a great movie recommendation for you — Wild River, a 1960 film directed by Elia Kazan starring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, and Jo Van Fleet. It is an awesome movie, one recommended to me by a supporter of FFF. It is nothing but sheer enjoyment. The movie revolves around an 80-year-old woman’s battle against the Tennessee Valley ...

The U.S. Annexation of Guantanamo Bay

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While people’s attention is focused on Russia’s annexation of Crimea, wouldn’t this be an appropriate time to discuss the U.S. annexation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? Yes, I know, imperialists and interventionists say that Guantanamo Bay isn’t really annexation but instead a lease of real estate between the Cuban government, as lessor, and the U.S. government, as lessee. But the fact is ...
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