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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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Dictatorship Codified

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A Washington Post op-ed by Democratic Senator Carl Levin and Republic Senator John McCain shows, once again, that the threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people comes from both liberals and conservatives, especially those within the government. The op-ed was written in support of the 2012 defense authorization bill, which effectively authorizes the president ...

Heading Toward Greece

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American statists just don't get it. They see whats happening with Greece, and yet steadfastly continue down the same road here in the United States. With Americans unable to let go of warfare-state programs and welfare-state programs, federal spending and borrowing continue to soar, hurtling the nation toward the same financial bankruptcy that now confronts Greece. The situation in Greece ...

Statism from the Right and Left

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, a conservative, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins, a liberal, recently provided excellent insights into how the statist mind operates, both from a conservative and a liberal perspective. During a recent presidential debate, Gingrich praised the Patriot Act, claiming that “all of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives.” He’s ...

College Civil Liberties Tour

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FFF is embarking on one of the most exciting programs in our 22-year history. We are partnering with the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to go on a one-week college tour next February featuring a panel entitled “The War on Terrorism, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution.” The panel will consist of three lawyers, a conservative, a liberal, and a ...

Ron Paul’s Interview on Face the Nation

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Ron Paul's interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation last Sunday provides a fascinating look at the mainstream media mindset. Referring to the 9/11 attacks, Schieffer remarked, Basically what you're saying is that it was Americas fault that 9/11 happened and it was our fault that it happened. As Paul made clear in his response, he has ...

Advancing Liberty in Oregon

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Last weekend, I experienced one of those great libertarian highs that come with advancing liberty! I spoke at two separate venues in Portland, Oregon the first at a great private school named the Delphian School and the second at a great freedom seminar that has been held annually for some 20 years. The Delphian School was an ...

Electing a Torturer-In-Chief

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The last Republican presidential debate — the one on foreign policy — was absolutely pathetic. Except for John Huntsman and Ron Paul, the candidates seemed to be fighting to show that they would be bigger and better torturers, aggressors, and assassins than President Obama. While the dismal state of the economy is likely to hurt Obama’s chances at reelection, he ...

A Worthless and Destructive Proposal from the New York Times

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The lead editorial in the New York Times today explains why the U.S. dollar is worth only about 5 percent of its value compared to when the Federal Reserve was established in 1913. The editorial doesn’t specifically address the U.S. dollar. Instead, it’s about the financial crisis in Italy. But the reasoning of the editorial provides an ...

Warping the Economy with Welfare and Warfare

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Let’s assume a society in which there is no income tax, no welfare state, no overseas military empire, and no military-industrial complex. Assume that the tax burden amounts to an average of 2 percent per person, with it being collected with a sales tax on imported goods People are keeping 98 percent of their income. In such a society, people ...

Stirring Up Crises and Wars

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Talk of war with Iran is back in the air. Conservatives and liberals alike are doing exactly what they did when the U.S. Empire was ramping up the crisis environment in the build-up to the Empire’s undeclared war on Iraq. Interestingly, the same rationale is being cited by the statists: WMDs. “The Iranians are acquiring WMDs!” the warfare statists ...

Bordertown: Laredo

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I watched a couple of episodes of a new television reality series on A&E called “Bordertown: Laredo” since Laredo is where I grew up. The series is about the drug war and follows a special drug-enforcement team within the Laredo Police Department. In the two episodes I watched, the series tracked the team as it monitored suspected drug dealers, ...

Cuba, Greece, and the United States

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Well, it seems that Greece and the United States aren’t the only countries that are suffering the consequences of socialism. So is Cuba. But the difference is that unlike Greece and the United States, Cuba seems to be moving in the right direction. The Cuban regime has just announced that for the first time since the Cuban revolution in 1959, ...
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