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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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Chalmers Johnson’s Libertarian Foreign Policy

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Whenever someone asks me how he can learn more about the libertarian perspective on foreign policy, I recommend Chalmers Johnson. Johnson, who recently passed away, was a liberal, not a libertarian. But there are few people who have a better handle on foreign policy from a libertarian perspective than Johnson did. If you want to truly understand the foreign-policy ...

Assassinating Children

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The extraordinary power of the U.S. government to assassinate people has, once again, been manifested in the assassination of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki. No, that’s not Anwar al-Awlaki, the American Muslim cleric whom U.S. officials recently assassinated in Yemen. That’s Abdulrahm al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old son of Anwar al-Awlaki. There are several things that are especially fascinating about the U.S. government’s assassination of ...

Investigate the Torture Partnerships

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American military statists, along with U.S. officials, are glorifying the U.S. government’s opposition to the dictators in Libya, Syria, and Egypt. They’re saying that such opposition shows that the U.S. government is concerned about the people suffering under those dictatorships and just wants to help them out by bringing them freedom and democracy. But there is something dreadfully wrong with ...

No Moral Standing

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There is a principle in the law that requires a person to have “standing” as a prerequisite to bringing a lawsuit in court. The law requires the plaintiff to have a direct interest in the outcome of the case or show he has been directly affected by some government action in order to have the requisite standing to bring ...

An Anti-Semitic President

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Ever since 9/11, we have repeatedly emphasized why the assumption of extraordinary emergency powers by the president, the military, and the CIA as part of their war on terrorism was antithetical to a free society. Everyone is coming to the realization that we now live in a country in which the government possesses the unfettered, non-reviewable authority to assassinate its ...

Gaddafi’s Execution: A Wake-Up Call for Americans?

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No doubt that many supporters of the U.S. government’s war on terrorism and its global assassination program will come to the defense of the Libyans who executed former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi after taking him captive. They will say, “What’s wrong with executing Gaddafi? He was a terrorist, wasn’t he? Those people didn’t need a stinking trial. Everyone knows ...

Illegal Immigrants: The Statist Scapegoats

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It really is sad — no, actually pathetic — to see Republican presidential candidates competing with each other to show how tough they are on illegal immigrants in order to garner votes from Republican voters. That’s not to say, of course, that liberals are any better, as reflected by President Obama’s massive number of immigration raids on private businesses ...

Disparities of Wealth

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...
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