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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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Come to Austin This Weekend!

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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

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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 ...

America’s Warfare-State Revolution

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It is impossible to overstate the magnitude of the warfare-state revolution that transformed the federal government and American society after World War II. The roots of America’s foreign-policy crises today, along with the massive infringements on civil liberties and privacy and the federal government’s program of secret indefinite incarceration, torture, assassination, and extra-judicial executions can all be traced to ...

America’s Welfare-State Revolution

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It is truly impossible to overstate the enormity of the welfare-state revolution that occurred in 20th-century America. Consider that for more than 100 years — from the inception of the Republic until the 20th century — the American people lived under the most unusual and remarkable governmental system in history. No, I’m not suggesting that it was a libertarian paradise by ...

Is the Constitution a Failed Experiment?

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Some people say that given the massive welfare-warfare state under which we now live, it’s clear that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have proven to be a failed experiment in the protection of the rights and liberties of the American people. But is that true? Consider the fact that Americans are not forced to send their children into state ...

The Biggest Threat to American Liberty

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George Washington pointed out, “Overgrown military establishments, which under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. Wise words by the father of our country, but ones, unfortunately, rejected by modern-day Americans, who love and idolize the enormously overgrown military establishment that now characterizes our federal governmental system. Eastern ...

The Right to Discriminate Against Ellen Pao

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Silicon Valley executive Ellen Pao is licking her wounds after a jury ruled against her last week in her gender-discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers. Pao had accused the firm of not promoting her because she’s a woman. The jury ruled against her by finding, as a factual determination, that she was not the victim ...

The Power of State Indoctrination

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Conservatives just don’t get it. They complain about Common Core, saying that the federal government shouldn’t be involved in education. Fair enough. No problem with that position. But the problem with conservatives is that while they want to get the federal government out of education, they steadfastly want state and local governments to continue “educating” children. Conservatives fail to see that ...

Extradition Hypocrisy

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A murder case in Italy stands to expose the U.S. government’s hypocritical stand on extradition, the legal process by which one country forcibly turns over a person within its jurisdiction to another country to stand trial for a criminal offense committed in the latter country. Let’s assume that John Doe, a citizen of Country A, is accused of murdering a ...

Bush’s and Maduro’s Power Grabs

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The Venezuelan legislature has just granted President Nicolas Maduro’s request for emergency powers to deal with the crisis posed by President Obama’s recent decree that Venezuela poses a grave threat to U.S. “national security” and Obama’s imposition of sanctions on Venezuelan officials. Not surprisingly, U.S. conservatives are ridiculing Maduro for exaggerating the threat posed by the U.S. national-security state and ...

What If We Had Public Churching?

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Let’s assume that for the past 100 years, the United States has had a system of public churching, modeled on the public-schooling system that America has had for more than a century. Under the public-churching system, there would be mandatory church-attendance laws that would require parents, on pain of fine and imprisonment, to send their children into the public-church system ...

A Great College Tour

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Last week I had an awesome time on my college tour exchanging ideas on liberty with students and non-students at four colleges in Florida: Florida International University (Miami), St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg), Santa Fe College (Gainesville), and University of Central Florida (Orlando). The audiences consisted primarily of students in the Young Americans for Liberty, a nation-wide organization with ...
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