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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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Parking Lot Statism

Parking lots at local commercial establishments provide a good example of the difference between statism and libertarianism. Such parking lots provide parking places near the entrance of the store for handicapped drivers. Why do they do that? Because statists have employed the coercive apparatus of the state to force them to do so. If parking lot owners fail to ...

Hillary Clinton’s Trip to Egypt

During her trip to Egypt over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pelted by tomatoes, shoes, and chants of “Monica, Monica, Monica” from Egyptian protestors. Playing the role of the innocent as she met with the head of Egypt’s military council and Egypt’s newly elected president, Mohamed Morsy, Clinton pointed out that the United States doesn’t ...

The Communists Are Coming, Again!

Conservatives are at it again. Faced with the possibility that Americans are finally starting to realize that U.S. foreign policy is the cause of anti-American terrorism, conservatives are now reverting to their old stand-by position for justifying the continued existence of the national-security state: communism! No, I’m not referring to China, even though the Pentagon is now reorienting its focus ...

Income Taxation and the Welfare State Are Not Freedom

When one lives under a regime of a welfare state, it is oftentimes tempting to mire one’s self within the muck of “reform” proposals, as liberals and conservatives do. This is especially true in a country like the United States, where statists honestly believe that the welfare state constitutes “freedom.” Since American statists honestly believe they are free, they ...

Cancel U.S. Aid to Egypt’s Military Dictatorship

Take a look at these two articles, one from the Washington Times and the other from the Los Angeles Times: Egypt’s Real Ruler: Military Leader Tantawi Will Egypt’s Generals Yield? What’s the significance of those two articles? They describe the true nature of Egypt’s governmental system, notwithstanding the recent election of Islamic leader Mohamed Morsi to the ...

Sportscasters and the Troops

I find it fascinating how American television sportscasters steadfastly hew to the official line regarding the continued occupation of Afghanistan. During virtually every game, the sportscaster will make some reference to U.S. soldiers who have died or lost limbs during the occupation. The sportscaster will remind us that the fallen and wounded have made heroic sacrifices to “defend our ...

For International Friendships, Dismantle the Military Empire

The U.S. government has an un-American way of making friends in foreign affairs, one that the American people should abandon once and for all. It’s a method of friendship based on militarism, extortion, bribery, and military mercantilism. Concerned about the rising tide of friendly relationships that China is establishing with countries in Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere, the U.S. government ...

What We’re Up Against

Okay, I’ve got the perfect summation of everything that is wrong with America, thanks to a letter to the editor written by a guy from Indiana that criticized a recent FFF op-ed by Sheldon Richman. The op-ed, “Bloomberg’s Soda Policy: The End Doesn’t Justify the Means,” criticized New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban supersized sodas. The ...

Mexico’s New President

Mexico has a new president, 45-year-old Enrique Pena Nieto, who is a member of the PRI, the political party that once held the Mexican people in a monopolistic iron grip for some seven decades. In 2000, with much hope and change, voters rejected the PRI candidate and elected Vicente Fox, a member of PAN, thereby busting Mexico’s one-party system. Naturally, ...

We’re All Socialists Now, Except for Libertarians

The Sunday edition of the New York Times published an interesting article that is certain to make some Americans who read it uncomfortable. Why is that? Because the article, which is entitled, “What’s a Socialist?” makes a point that many ordinary Americans hate hearing: that by adopting the welfare state, Americans in principle became socialists, just like ...

The Mandate Was Never the Issue

It really doesn’t matter which way the Supreme Court ruled on President Obama’s healthcare mandate. As long as the government is involved in healthcare, there is going to be an endless series of interventions, leading ultimately to a total government takeover of the entire healthcare arena. For months, we have seen conservatives obsessing over the mandate, suggesting that the defeat ...

Obama vs. the Rule of Law

Some people believe that the term “the rule of law” means that people are expected to obey the law. You hear this often from public officials, who say such things as, “People might not agree with the drug laws or immigration laws, but the rule of law dictates that people obey the law so long as it’s the law.” Actually, ...
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