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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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Trump Is Not Violating Protesters’ Free-Speech Rights

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

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

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 ...

Hey, FDR Was a Fascist Too!

It’s the latest rage among American leftists to point out that Donald Trump has fascist proclivities. A recent example is Robert Reich, who was secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. In an article yesterday on Raw Story, Reich states “Trump has finally reached a point where parallels between his presidential campaign and the ...

Libertarians vs. the Isolationist Killers

Given all the hoopla surrounding the presidential campaign, it’s easy for people to conclude that the big fight for the future of America is between Democrats and Republicans. Not so. When it comes to fundamental principles, Republicans and Democrats are on the same page. They both believe in socialism, interventionism, and imperialism, as reflected by the joint devotion to ...

What’s Exceptional about America?

Two articles on the front page of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal belie the quaint conservative notion that the United States is an “exceptional” nation. One article was entitled “China’s Economy on Bubble Watch” and the other was entitled “Europe Faces Pension Pinch.” The article about China, which has long been governed by a communist regime, states that Chinese officials are emphasizing ...
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