Hornberger's Blog

Hornberger's Blog is a daily libertarian blog written by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of FFF.
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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 ...

Heading Toward Greece

American statists just don't get it. They see whats happening with Greece, and yet steadfastly continue down the same road here in the United States. With Americans unable to let go of warfare-state programs and welfare-state programs, federal spending and borrowing continue to soar, hurtling the nation toward the same financial bankruptcy that now confronts Greece. The situation in Greece ...

Statism from the Right and Left

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, a conservative, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins, a liberal, recently provided excellent insights into how the statist mind operates, both from a conservative and a liberal perspective. During a recent presidential debate, Gingrich praised the Patriot Act, claiming that “all of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives.” He’s ...

College Civil Liberties Tour

FFF is embarking on one of the most exciting programs in our 22-year history. We are partnering with the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) to go on a one-week college tour next February featuring a panel entitled “The War on Terrorism, Civil Liberties, and the Constitution.” The panel will consist of three lawyers, a conservative, a liberal, and a ...

Ron Paul’s Interview on Face the Nation

Ron Paul's interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS's Face the Nation last Sunday provides a fascinating look at the mainstream media mindset. Referring to the 9/11 attacks, Schieffer remarked, Basically what you're saying is that it was Americas fault that 9/11 happened and it was our fault that it happened. As Paul made clear in his response, he has ...

Advancing Liberty in Oregon

Last weekend, I experienced one of those great libertarian highs that come with advancing liberty! I spoke at two separate venues in Portland, Oregon the first at a great private school named the Delphian School and the second at a great freedom seminar that has been held annually for some 20 years. The Delphian School was an ...

Electing a Torturer-In-Chief

The last Republican presidential debate — the one on foreign policy — was absolutely pathetic. Except for John Huntsman and Ron Paul, the candidates seemed to be fighting to show that they would be bigger and better torturers, aggressors, and assassins than President Obama. While the dismal state of the economy is likely to hurt Obama’s chances at reelection, he ...
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