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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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Cubans Love America but Hate the U.S. Government

The New York Times recently carried an interesting article about Cuban citizens who are wearing clothes depicting the American flag. The fashion statement reflects the excitement among the Cuban people for renewed relations between the United States and Cuba and a hope that the decades-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba will finally be lifted. The downside to this phenomenon ...

Oklahoma City and 9/11

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people. The aftermath of the OKC bombing in 1995 was very similar to what occurred after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. Immediately after the OKC bombing, libertarians raised the issue of motivation. Let’s examine what motivated Timothy McVeigh ...

It’s Google’s Turn to Be Plundered

A couple of days ago, the New York Times profiled Margrethe Verstager, a former “minister of the economy” in Denmark who is now serving as the European Union’s “commissioner of competition.” In her current position, she is going after Google in the hopes of seizing a potential sum of $6 billion from the company. Verstager is going after Google ...

Celebrate Lochner Today

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Lochner v. New York, a case that continues to generate controversy. For example, just last week a writer named Ryan Cooper on a website called “The Week” accused 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul of being “a supporter of the Lochner doctrine.” Joseph Lochner was a baker in New ...

FDR Spied on Leonard Read

Last night I was reading a book entitled The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs by David Unger. My eyes bulged out when I came across the following sentence: “In 1941 Attorney General Francis Biddle, following Roosevelt’s new guidelines, approved FBI wiretapping of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.” Why did that particular sentence grab ...

Slavery and the Income Tax

Not surprisingly, the New York Times has an op-ed today entitled “Shaming Those Who Skip Out on Taxes,” which calls on the federal government to publicly shame tax delinquents as part of its efforts to increase tax collections. I’ve got a better idea: How about people in the private sector publicly shaming everyone who favors the continuation of the federal ...

Inflicting the Death Penalty Before Trial

The case of Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh is a perfect example of how the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our federal governmental structure as part of the Cold War has revolutionized America’s governmental system. Farekh is an American citizen. Two years ago, the Pentagon and the CIA — the two principal components of the national-security state branch of ...

An Awesome Conference!

Our Saturday conference in Austin turned out to be an absolutely awesome event. An audience consisting of about 700 attendees listened to three fantastic talks — by Radley Balko, Glenn Greenwald, and Ron Paul. In fact, Ron’s talk was the best speech I have ever seen him deliver. The theme of the event was “End the Wars on Drugs and ...

Leave Cuba (and the Rest of Us) Alone

It’s really so sad. The longtime conservative obsession with Cuba continues. Conservatives, like U.S. national-security state officials, just can’t leave Cuba alone. The latest manifestation of this psychological phenomenon is reflected in a piece by longtime conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady. In the article, entitled “Obama Rehabilitates the Castro Brothers,” O’Grady goes through all sorts of ...

My New Book: Regime Change: The JFK Assassination

Last September we launched two ebooks on the Kennedy assassination: The Kennedy Autopsy by Jacob Hornberger and JFK’s War with the National-Security Establishment by Douglas Horne. These two books are priced at $1 each. Sales of the books began taking off. Since January both books have consistently remained on Amazon’s list of the Top 100 Best-Selling ...

Come to Austin This Weekend!

It’s not too late to make a flight reservation or jump into your car and head to Austin, Texas, which might just be the best city in the United States. I can personally attest to this given that I spent three years of my life in Austin attending law school at the University of Texas in the 1970s. Situated ...

Draft Registration and America’s Serf Society

With the start of baseball season, fans will once again be exhorted to stand up and glorify the troops. Among those fans will be teenagers who will be proudly singing some variation of “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.” But neither American teenagers nor any other American is able to reconcile the freedom ...
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