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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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U.S. Tyranny Against Bobby Fischer

This past weekend, I saw Pawn Sacrifice, the new movie about Bobby Fischer, the world-renowned American chess player who defeated Russian Boris Spassky to become the first American ever to win the world championship in chess. It was an interesting and entertaining account of Fischer’s life up until the time he won the championship in 1972 in Reykjavik, Iceland. ...

Killing People Over There and Random Mass Murders Over Here

Another random mass murder, this time at a community college in Oregon. Officials are scratching their heads trying to figure out motive but so far meeting with no success. All that we know is that the killer was off-kilter mentally. In light of this new mass murder, permit me to restate my theory on why America is besieged by random ...

The Chaos of the “War on Terrorism” Spreads to Syria

It had to happen. It was always inevitable that the U.S. government’s much-vaunted “war on terrorism” would devolve into absolute chaos, especially by attracting authoritarian and totalitarian regimes into the “war on terrorism” maelstrom. Ever since President George W. Bush declared his much-ballyhooed “war on terrorism,” we have seen authoritarian and totalitarian regimes infringe on or destroy the civil liberties ...

Debt Ceiling Circus Looms Ahead, Again

The recurring debt-ceiling circus is approaching, once again. The maximum amount of debt that the federal government is permitted to incur is about to be reached … again. That means that the federal government will not be permitted to incur any more debt … unless Congress raises the debt ceiling again, thereby permitting the federal government to continue its ...

Loving Your Country and Hating Your Government’s Policies

When he was president, Bill Clinton famously said, ““There’s nothing patriotic about hating your government or pretending you can hate your government but love your country.” Clinton would have a hard time convincing the Chinese people of that. Yesterday, the New York Times published an absolutely fascinating article detailing the mindset that Chinese citizens have toward the United States and to ...

FFF Update on Projects and Events

I thought I would give you an update on recent and upcoming activities here at FFF: 1. On Saturday, October 10, I am speaking at a conference on U.S. foreign policy at Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth sponsored by The Texas Millennial Institute, an organization of young libertarians in Texas. It promises to be a fantastic conference. It certainly ...

GOP Hypocrisy on Planned Parenthood

The controversy over federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which apparently has brought about the resignation of GOP House Speaker John Boehner, only goes to show how warped and perverted Republicans and conservatives have become. Consider what the controversy involves: Republicans in Congress want to terminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which favors legalized abortions, and are threatening another government shut-down ...

The Pope, Socialism, and Capitalism

The Pope’s visit to the United States has raised, among other things, issues relating to poverty, socialism, and capitalism. I grew up a liberal. By the time I returned to my hometown of Laredo, Texas, to practice law in 1975, I had no doubts that one of the basic functions of government was to help the poor. I became the ...

The First JFK Conspiracy Theorist

I wonder how many people realize that the first JFK conspiracy theorist was none other than President John F. Kennedy himself. It all began with Kennedy reading a novel called Seven Days in May, which revolved around a military coup orchestrated by the Pentagon to protect the country from a president whose policies, in the eyes of the military ...

The U.S. Military and Afghan Child Sex Abuse

Americans are agog over the U.S. military’s decision to go along with the longtime custom of the Afghan police to sexually abuse young boys. I can certainly understand why Americans would be dismayed over such a decision, but I don’t see how they can be surprised about it. After all, ever since the national-security state was grafted onto America’s ...

Pope Francis and the U.S. Welfare-Warfare State

Maybe — just maybe — Pope Francis’s visit to the United States will cause American Catholics and, for that matter, American Protestants (and maybe also Americans Jews, Muslims, and atheists) to reexamine some of their long-held views — views that are contrary to principles enunciated by Jesus Christ. No, I’m not referring to abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, or celibacy for ...

The Welfare-Warfare State Impoverishes Americans

Throughout the presidential campaign, we will be treated to the same political-economic pabulum from the candidates that we get every four years. “Here’s how I will manage the economy. Here’s how I will achieve ‘growth.’ Here’s what I will do to make America great again.” Since hope springs eternal, many Americans will go gaga over the pronouncements. They will convince ...
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