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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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Drug War Congressman Bites the Dust

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The times they are a-changin’! A pro-drug war congressman from El Paso, Silvestre Reyes, a Democrat, has just been defeated in his bid for reelection by a man named Beto O’Rourke. And take a wild guess what O’Rourke’s principal issue was: drug legalization. Why, Reyes didn’t even make a run-off since O’Rourke walked away with 50.4 percent of the primary ...

Bloomberg’s Paternalistic Dictatorship

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Sometimes I find the paternalistic mindset to be so darned fascinating. What is it that drives a person to initiate force against another human being to protect the latter from making bad choices in life? Why can’t the paternalist just mind his own business? The latest example, one of the craziest that has come out of paternalistic mind in some ...

Drug War Sentencing Injustice

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When a former federal prosecutor who is now a federal judge complains about the lack of justice and fairness in drug-war sentencing, you know that something is dreadfully wrong with the drug war, that is, on top of everything else that is wrong with the drug war. According to an article in the New York Times, New York ...

Were Nazi Soldiers Heroes?

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Have you ever noticed that Nazi soldiers, especially those who died in World War II, are never celebrated as heroes? Why is that? Didn’t they answer the call of their government in time of war? Didn’t they serve their country by loyally obeying the dictates of their government? Weren’t they patriots for their willingness to fight and die for ...

Romney Is a Disaster on Education

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What a disaster conservatives are. They preach their old 1950s mantra “free enterprise, private property, and limited government” while embracing every socialist and interventionist program that comes down the pike. A recent example is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s plan to fix America’s educational woes. Needless to say, you’d never find a conservative calling for the end of public schooling, ...

Democracy Is Not Freedom

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One of the ostensible goals of U.S. foreign policy is to spread democracy. Of course, the reality is the exact opposite. The U.S. Empire is one of the greatest lovers of nonelected dictatorships in the world, as manifested by its ardent support of such dictatorships as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Chile (under Pinochet), Guatemala (after ousting Arbenz), Iran (after ousting ...

History Repeats Itself in Honduran Drug-War Killings

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With Hondurans angrily demanding that the U.S. government withdraw its drug-war personnel from the country, we shouldn’t forget that this isn’t the first time that U.S. drug officials have participated in the drug-war killing of innocent people. Almost 11 years ago, the CIA helped Peruvian drug-war personnel kill a 35-year-old missionary named Veronica Bowers and her 7-month-old baby Charity ...

End State Support of Colleges and Universities

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In an era in which many statists are doing their best to assure themselves and others that they are not socialists, this might be a good time to visit one of the most deeply entrenched and popular socialistic programs in our time — state-supported colleges and universities. State-supported colleges and universities receive their revenues in two ways: voluntarily (e.g., through ...

The Debt Ceiling Is Coming Again

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Just as I have repeatedly predicted since the last debt-ceiling debate, statists are already gearing up for another lifting of the debt ceiling. A good example comes in a New York Times editorial, which is already trying to pressure Republicans into lifting the new debt ceiling when it comes due, which is expected to happen soon after ...

Torture and the Innocent

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One of the main arguments made by pro-torture Americans is that the information acquired by torture can lead to important information that can save the lives of innocent people. Their argument is a classic example of the old maxim, “The end justifies the means.” But even if we were to accept that utilitarian argument for torture, doesn’t it necessarily involve ...

1993: A Fateful Year in the War on Terrorism

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Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, President Bush and other U.S. officials immediately proclaimed that the terrorists were motivated by their hatred for America’s “freedom and values.” Let’s examine that position in light of two important events that took place in 1993, some eight years before the 9/11 attacks. In 1993, the United States was hit with two terrorist attacks, right here ...

Believing You’re Free Doesn’t Make It So

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The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Washington, D.C., is holding a special event today to celebrate “the brave efforts of dissidents and activists around the world in their fight to be free.” Wow! How exciting is that! At least one thing’s for sure: these people aren’t going to be celebrating the brave efforts of libertarians here in the United States ...
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