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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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Two Illegitimate Functions of Government

The question every American needs to ponder and discuss is one that our American ancestors were debating at the inception of our nation: What should be the role of the federal government in American society? That was how we ended up with the Constitution. The Framers didn’t want to bring into existence a government with the general power to do ...

Liberty, Peace, and Prosperity in 2016

For libertarians, things are obviously moving in a very bad direction. The welfare state continues to expand. Government spending is out of control, with the federal government incurring ever-increasing amounts of debt. The Federal Reserve is inflating a new bubble. The feds continue to wage their decades-long war on drugs. The Cold War-era national security state, which continues to ...

Donald Trump Really Is Like FDR

Undoubtedly Donald Trump ruffled a lot of liberal-progressive feathers when he declared that he is more like President Franklin Roosevelt than any other leader has been. The truth oftentimes hurts, but actually Trump is right. One can easily imagine a President Trump ordering the Pentagon to round up Muslim-Americans and foreign Muslims living here in the United States and put ...

Muslims, Islam, and the Koran Are Not the Problem

One of the most fascinating aspects to the post-9/11 “war on terrorism” is the fixation of American statists on Muslims, Islam, and the Koran. “The Muslims are coming to get us,” they cry. "The Muslims have been trying to conquer the world for centuries. They’re determined to establish a worldwide caliphate, one in which everyone will be forced to ...

What Is a Democratic Socialist?

Someone posted an interesting question on Facebook in response to my article “Would the Pentagon and the CIA Permit Sanders to Be President?” He asked, “Isn’t the term ‘democratic socialist’ a contradiction?” He was questioning whether a person could believe in democracy and socialism at the same time. The answer is yes. That’s because democracy is a political system ...

Noninterventionism Is the Only Cure for America’s Foreign Policy Woes

One thing is for sure: If you want a solution to America’s foreign-policies woes, you’re not going to find it with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton, or any of the other presidential candidates. That’s because they are all, in varying degrees, interventionists. It is interventionism that is the root cause of America’s foreign-policy woes, including the ...

Venezuela, Like Chile, Is None of the U.S. Government’s Business

Ever since the U.S. government orchestrated the military coup in Chile in 1973 that ousted the democratically elected president of the country from office and installed the brutal military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, interventionists have maintained that (1) the coup was necessary to save Chile from socialism and communism and (2) that the murders, rapes, torture, and incarceration ...

Do You Want Your Children to Die for Montenegro?

Get used to the possibility that your son or daughter might end up dying for Montenegro because that country has just been invited to become the latest member of NATO, the Cold War organization that was brought into existence to defend Europe from America’s World War II partner and ally, the Soviet Union. Just in case you’ve never heard of ...

Would the Pentagon and CIA Permit Sanders to Be President?

Most people consider Bernie Sanders’ race for the presidency to be an exercise in futility. That’s because, they say, he doesn’t have any realistic chance of defeating Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination. But there is another reason why Sanders’ quest for the presidency might be futile. It’s unlikely that the U.S. national-security establishment would ever permit Sanders to ...

Kevin Carson versus the Straw Man

A couple of days ago, Kevin Carson, who holds the position of Karl Hess Chair in Social Theory at an organization called The Center for a Stateless Society, published an attack on Richard Ebeling and me, entitled “Libertarian-splaining to the Poor.” Carson describes himself as a “left libertarian,” which Wikipedia defines as one who subscribes to “anti-authoritarian varieties ...

What If the U.S. Government Was Bombing Mexico?

Imagine that after the Cold War ended, the U.S. national-security state invaded Mexico with the aim of ending the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. “Our invasion of Mexico is going to enable us to finally win the war on drugs,” the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of the CIA, and the head ...

FDR’s Infamy

With today being December 7, it’s good to remind ourselves of the infamous actions of President Franklin Roosevelt to involve the United States in World War II. When the federal government was called into existence with the Constitution, there was a deep antipathy toward standing armies. Our American ancestors knew that European rulers had long used standing armies not only ...
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