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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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Why the Shock Over the Belgian Terrorism?

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For the life of me, I just don’t get it. Why are so many Americans shocked over the terrorist attacks in Brussels? Horrified, I can understand, given the carnage and the loss of so much innocent life. But shocked? How in the world can people be shocked? They certainly wouldn’t be shocked if they had been reading FFF’s articles ...

Are the Brussels Deaths “Worth It”?

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In 1996 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright was asked by Sixty Minutes whether the deaths of half-a-million Iraqi children from the sanctions that the U.S. government was enforcing against Iraq were worth it. Her response was fascinating: She said that while it was a difficult issue, yes, the deaths of those half-a-million children were, in fact, “worth ...

The Self-Imposed Blindness of Conservatives

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I find conservatives to be fascinating creatures, in large part because of their ability to deceive themselves and then convince themselves that they’re not deceiving themselves. Consider an article by Andrew C. McCarthy entitled “Islam—Facts or Dreams? ” which appears in the February 2016 issue of Imprimis, the publication of the Hillsdale College, a renowned conservative institution. McCarthy was ...

Do They Hate Belgium for Its Freedom and Values?

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Repeating myself sometimes gets tired and tiresome, but when it comes to the endless stream of innocent people who continue to be killed in terrorist attacks, it’s important to do so. Until enough people realize the root cause of the ongoing and never-ending death and destruction and decide to do something about it, the death and destruction will continue ...

Conservative Apoplexy Over Obama and Che

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Conservatives are going bananas over the fact that President Obama permitted himself to be photographed in Cuba in front of a mural of Che Guevara. According to an article in The Atlantic, the “photo op in Havana pushed them into full-on apoplexy.” The conservative reaction is based on the notion that no self-respecting American, much less a president, would ...

Should the U.S. Invade North Korea (and Cuba)?

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Last week a North Korean court sentenced University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor. His crime? He stole a North Korean political banner. The U.S. State Department called the sentence “unduly harsh,” which it certainly is under U.S. custom and laws. But the crime wasn’t committed here. It was committed in North Korea, where the ...
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