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Time to End All Foreign Aid Entirely

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Preliminary Note: Just in case you’ve missed them in this week’s FFF Email Updates, here are links to recent FFF videos: Campaign for Liberty Panel at CPAC with Ivan Eland, Jim Bovard, and Jacob Hornberger. Jacob Hornberger Show at CPAC featuring Jim Bovard, on “Why Do Conservatives Support Statism?” FFF Economic Liberty Lecture Series: “Rehabilitating Lochner: Defending Individual Rights ...

Where’s the American Outrage against U.S. Support of Dictatorships?

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Once it became clear that Egypt’s dictator Hosni Mubarak was on the way out, U.S. officials quickly shifted gears and took the side of the demonstrators, the people who had suffered for 30 years under the brutal Mubarak dictatorship. U.S. officials even offered their guidance for moving Egypt toward a democratic political system. Of course, all this pro-democracy hoopla was ...

YAF’s Attack on Ron Paul

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I have long pointed out that there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between conservatives and liberals in that they are both statist to the core. Sure, it’s true that conservatives love to employ libertarian-type mantras, such as “free enterprise, private property, and limited government,” but when it comes to supporting statist programs, conservatives join forces with liberals. Examples: Social ...

Dictatorship and Torture Are American Values

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Count on U.S. officials, from Obama on down, along with their conservative supporters, to bring some hilarity into the events occurring in Egypt. Don’t you just love watching them on television providing their advice and counsel to the Egyptian people on how to achieve democracy and offering their guidance for the future? “This is Earth calling the U.S. government. Come ...

Obama: Egyptians Are Too Dumb for Democracy

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Flip-flopping over events in Egypt, President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have decided that it would be a bad idea for unelected Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to immediately resign from office. Their reason? Under Egypt’s constitution, Mubarak’s departure from power would require national elections to be held within 60 days. What’s wrong with that? Obama and Clinton ...

In Search of Monsters to Support

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On July 4, 1821, U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams delivered a speech to the U.S. House of Representatives in which he observed that America was founded on principles of liberty and limited government that precluded our nation from going abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.” The idea was that although people in different parts of the ...

Mubarak and the Income Tax

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As it continues to seep into the consciousness of the American people that their very own government — the U.S. government — has been the primary financial supporter of the Mubarak dictatorship for the past 30 years, the fact that April 15 is approaching provides a good opportunity for the American people to do some soul-searching. While it is the ...

The Courage to Confront the Darkness

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The Chilean government is investigating hundreds of cases of human-rights abuses under the dictatorial regime of army Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who took power in a violent coup in 1973. Notably, the probe will include an investigation into the death of Salvador Allende, the democratically elected president of the country who Pinochet and his military henchmen ousted in the coup. ...

Shared Values in the U.S. and Egypt

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On the surface of it, one might reasonably ask how it is that President Barack Obama and other U.S. statists feel so comfortable having the U.S. government partner with a brutal dictator like Hosni Mubarak. In an attempt to excuse the partnership, U.S. statists argue that such a thing, even if distasteful, is a necessary part of protecting the ...

We Need a Foreign-Policy Revolution Here at Home

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If only the American people were as angry and outraged over the U.S. government’s partnerships with foreign dictatorships as the Egyptian people are with the U.S-supported dictatorship under which they have been suffering for 30 years. If that were the case, we would stand a good chance of restoring a limited-government republic to our land. So far it seems, ...

What about That Egyptian Anti-Terrorist Law?

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There’s one part of the dictatorial tyranny in Egypt against which the Egyptian people are protesting that might make American statists very uncomfortable, which is perhaps why they’re not focusing too much attention on it. It’s the part that deals with the temporary “emergency law” that the Mubarak dictatorship enacted after assuming the reins of power with the assassination ...

Hornberger’s Blog, February 2011

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Monday, February 28, 2011 Jury Nullification Prosecutorial Abuse While the U.S. government was expressing outrage over attacks on freedom of speech at the hands of U.S.-supported dictators in the Middle East, the U.S. Justice Department was securing a federal grand jury indictment against a man named Julian Heicklen. The charge? The feds are charging Heicklen for handing out jury-nullification pamphlets to ...
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