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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Disparities of Wealth

On the matter of great disparities of income and wealth in a society, the manner in which people become wealthy is of great importance. In a society based largely on socialism and crony capitalism, which is the system under which the United States operates today, lots of people get wealthy by using the government to plunder and loot their fellow ...

Thou Shalt Not Covet

American statists are now claiming that Americas economic woes are rooted in income inequality. They're suggesting that the reason people are struggling economically is because there are millionaires and billionaires in American society. If only the government would take more money from the rich and redistribute it to the poor, the statists say, everyone would be living comfortably, happily, ...

Americas Foreign Dictatorship

President Obamas reaction to the alleged Iranian assassination plot reflects, once again, the dictatorial powers that the president of the United States now wields in foreign affairs. As many commentators are noting, the whole scheme appears to be as bogus as a 3-dollar bill, but that isnt really the point. The point is that we now live in a country ...

Seizure, Detention, Torture, and Assassination

In todays blog, I thought I would share with you a deeply insightful quote by Alan Barth (1906-1979), who served on the Washington Posts editorial board for 30 years. The quote is from his book The Rights of Free Men, which was published posthumously in 1984. As you read the quote, keep in mind that we now live in a ...

Blaming America for Terrorism

Yesterday, the would-be plane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pled guilty to terrorism in federal district court in Detroit. Hes the guy who was charged with trying to explode a bomb on an international flight coming into Detroit. Federal court, you ask? Isnt terrorism an act of war, you say? Isnt he an enemy combatant? Doesnt he belong in a POW ...

The Danger of Egypt’s Standing Army

The Egyptian military is denying having killed 26 Egyptian citizens who were protesting on the streets of Cairo, even though witnesses claim to have seen Egyptian troops shooting the protestors and running them down with tanks. One thing is clear though: the military has no intention of relinquishing its dominate role in Egyptian society. Like here in the United States, ...

You’re Either With Us or Against Us

Yesterday, I described one of the principal dangers of a ruler having the omnipotent, non-reviewable power to assassinate his own citizens (and, for that matter, foreigners as well). All too often rulers, along with their armies and intelligence forces, come to place citizens who oppose their policies through speech in the same category as those who are opposing it ...

Murder Inc.

Lyndon Johnson once remarked, We had been operating a damned Murder Inc. in the Caribbean. What Johnson was referring to was the CIA's assassination program during the 1960s in which the agency targeted Latin American leaders for assassination. Johnson's statement is a reminder that the CIA, which recently assassinated American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, has been in the assassination business for ...

The Assassination Decider

Statists are continuing to say that President Obama's assassination of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki (through his CIA and military forces) was justified because Awlaki was supposedly exhorting Muslims to resist U.S. foreign policy with force and that he was also supposedly engaged in operational activities to bring this about. For his part, Obama is remaining mum on the subject, ...

Barack Hussein Pinochet

Yes, I fully realize that some conservatives will claim that I'm smearing the reputation of Chile's former military dictator Augusto Pinochet by comparing him to President Obama, but since Obama's assassination program is so similar to Pinochet's, the comparison is worth exploring, if for no other reason than to show how the U.S. government has become the worlds premier ...

Assassinating with Impunity

Statist supporters of President Obamas assassination of an American citizen overseas, Anwar al-Awlaki, are convinced that Awlakis actions warranted his assassination. There is at least one big problem, however, with their convictions: How do they know what Awlaki did to warrant his assassination? Moreover, how do they know that the law permits an assassination under such circumstances? The press is ...

Empire and the Destruction of America

If there's a bright side to the national security states assassination of one of its citizens, its this: At least the statists are not saying that the dead man, Anwar al-Awlaki, hated America for its freedom and values. Most every statist is acknowledging that Awlaki's anger toward the United States was driven by his hatred for what the U.S. ...
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