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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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Faith in Coercion or Faith in Freedom?

Why not immediately repeal Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education grants, food stamps, foreign aid, and all other welfare-state programs? While welfare-statists won’t state this directly, the following describes their attitude toward the American people: You are a bad people. You are selfish, self-centered, and greedy. You hate the poor generally and you hate people who are in need. If someone needed ...

Homelessness and the Minimum Wage

Like most everyone else, I periodically encounter people at some busy intersection with a cardboard sign saying something like, “Homeless with three children. Please help.” My immediate reaction is to feel sympathy, which is then followed by the thought that they should be working rather than standing at that intersection asking for money. But then I remind myself that ...

A Modest Welfare-State Proposal

I’ve got a modest welfare-state proposal that I’m sure every welfare-state advocate is certain to embrace. The fact that my idea comes at Christmas makes it doubly good. I propose a new law that would mandate that every single American purchase a Christmas present for all of his family and friends during every Christmas season from now until he dies. Isn’t ...

Federal Drug-War Weirdness

The drug war just keeps getting weirder and weirder. First it was the feds selling assault rifles to the drug cartels. Now, it turns out that the feds have also been laundering large amounts of cash for the drug cartels. Its harder to get weirder than that. Before long, well learn that the feds have been operating one of those ...

The U.S. Government Loved the Iraqi People to Death

Now that the 9-year military occupation of Iraq is presumably coming to an end, it would be appropriate to reflect on the Iraqi people who died as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation of the country. How many Iraqis have died in the process? We don’t know. The reason we don’t know is that the U.S. government did ...

Pearl Harbor Was FDR’s Back Door to War

Given that today is the anniversary date of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we’ll no doubt be treated to standard interventionist articles stating what a great thing World War II was. The American people were overwhelmingly opposed to entry into World War II. That’s not surprising given the consequences of World War I. There was absolutely no reason for ...

Freedom in Iraq

According to the New York Times, “The American Embassy in Baghdad has placed sharp new restrictions on how government workers can travel inside the walled-off International Zone, citing serious threats of kidnapping and terrorist attacks across Iraq and near the embassy’s own doorstep.” Wait a minute! Isn’t Iraq supposed to be the country that is now a paradise ...

Why Iranians Hate Us and Love Us

Stephen Kinzer’s excellent op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times provides another side of the story with respect to Iran. The title of the article is, “Iran’s First Great Satan Was England.” The article is an excellent starting point for understanding the background of the relationship between Iran and the United States. Kinzer carefully documents why Iranians have long ...

About Those Chicken-hawks

I find chicken-hawks to be an interesting group of people. They’re calling on the U.S. government to wage war on Iran, just as they did with Iraq. Yet, at the same time, they steadfastly refuse to join the U.S. Armed Forces to go fight against Iran, just as they were steadfastly unwilling to do so in the war on ...

Hornberger’s Blog, December 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011 Dorothy Rabinowitzs Attack on Ron Paul, Part 4 Dorothy Rabinowitzs Attack on Ron Paul, Part 1 Dorothy Rabinowitzs Attack on Ron Paul, Part 2 Dorothy Rabinowitzs Attack on Ron Paul, Part 3 The most disgraceful but, at the same time, the most revealing and, also, the most ominous aspect of Wall Street Journal editorial board ...

Loving Egypt’s Military Dictatorship

The disingenuousness of the U.S. government clearly has no bounds. What better example than its recent, somewhat lackadaisical call on the Egyptian military to relinquish power to the civilian sector? After all, guess who’s been propping up and supporting Egypt’s military dictatorship for decades. Yes, the democracy-loving U.S. government. Billions and billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money have been ...

Dictatorship Codified

A Washington Post op-ed by Democratic Senator Carl Levin and Republic Senator John McCain shows, once again, that the threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people comes from both liberals and conservatives, especially those within the government. The op-ed was written in support of the 2012 defense authorization bill, which effectively authorizes the president ...
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