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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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Socialism or Fascism?

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What an exciting political circus! With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump leading the race in their respective parties, it seems that Americans might well be treated in the fall to the type of political conflicts that have long characterized Europe. Socialism or Fascism? Which will it be? Although Clinton is not as honest as her opponent Bernie Sanders regarding her ...

No Debt Ceiling Debate in the Presidential Race

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Among the many issues not being debated in the presidential nomination races in both political parties is the matter of the debt ceiling, which both political parties continue to raise each time it is reached. Given that the debt ceiling is an acknowledgment that too much debt is a very bad and very dangerous thing for a government and ...

America Doesn’t Need a National-Security State

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The American people are absolutely convinced that they need the U.S. national-security establishment, namely, the military, the CIA, and the NSA. Without this totalitarian-like apparatus that was grafted onto America’s governmental system after World War II, it is commonly believed, Americans wouldn’t be safe. It’s the national-security state, the story goes, that is America’s last bastion against the terrorists, ...

Trump Is Not Violating Protesters’ Free-Speech Rights

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The protesters at Donald Trump’s rallies have a misguided conception of the fundamental right known as freedom of speech. Outraged at being thrown out of Trump’s rallies, they scream, “What about my First Amendment rights?” But the fact is that their constitutional rights are not being violated when Trump’s people toss them out of the room. That’s because the First ...

My Advice to Obama on His Upcoming Trip to Cuba

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Here’s my advice to President Obama for his upcoming trip to Cuba: Don’t lecture the Cuban regime on its violations of civil liberties, for two reasons. One, what goes on inside Cuba is none of your business or the business of the U.S. government. Two, and more important, you have no moral standing to be lecturing anyone on civil liberties. After all, ...

The U.S. Middle East Killing Racket

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Consider the following two headlines during the past three weeks: “U.S. Strike Kills ‘150 al-Shabaab Terrorists’ in Somalia” (March 7, The Telegraph) “49 Killed in U.S. Airstrike Targeting Terrorists in Libya” (February 20, CNN) The reason for the Somalia killings? U.S. officials say that the 150 dead people were terrorists who were planning to carry out an attack in Somalia. The ...
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