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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 U.S. Empire Will Never Conquer Afghanistan

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From the Sunday Washington Post: “In squads of roaring dirt bikes and armed to the teeth, Taliban fighters are spreading like brush fire into remote and defenseless villages across northern Afghanistan. The fighters swarm into town, assemble the villagers and announce Taliban control, often at night and without any resistance.” More important, however, is what they do to anyone who is suspected ...

The Military, Bankruptcy, and Tyranny

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In order to get our nation back on track, it’s important to return to fundamental principles, the principles on which our nation was founded. Let’s review how the Founding Fathers viewed the military and foreign policy in the context of where the United States is today. Today, Americans view a military empire as their friend and protector. The projection of ...

Interventionism and the Arizona Immigration Crisis

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Amidst all the furor over the Arizona immigration crisis, let’s not forget the cause of it: interventionism. Do you recall that big fence they built in California several years ago? It was part of what the feds called “Operation Gatekeeper.” It was designed to solve the immigration crisis in Southern California. The interventionists said that the fence would prevent illegal ...

The Unforeseen Power of Ideas on Liberty

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In 1989 I founded The Future of Freedom Foundation from my apartment in Denver, Colorado. The early days of FFF were extremely difficult, with little money and few donations. When subscriptions to Freedom Daily were in the hundreds, I would stuff the envelopes myself, label and stamp them, and mail them out. However, when we went past 1000 subscribers, it became too burdensome ...

A Gift to Your Grandchildren

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The response among Virginia’s public officials to Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ call for closing the Joint Forces Command in Virginia reflects the depth of the financial problems our country is facing. Most everyone knows that the road the federal government is on leads in but one direction: bankruptcy. It simply cannot continue spending more than what it’s bringing in without ...

Imperial Cancer

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With the welfare state cracking apart and with rising concerns among the citizenry about federal spending and debt, count on federal officials to provoke more overseas crises as a way to frighten people into rallying toward the government. It is an old tried-and-true trick that government officials use to distract people’s attention away from the problems government is causing ...

No Right to Counsel in the War on Terrorism

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The feds have figured out another way to use the war on terrorism as a way to avoid the Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. This time, it’s the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of effective assistance of counsel that falls by the wayside. Keep in mind that the president no longer complies with the Constitution’s requirement that Congress must declare war ...

It Isn’t About Islam and Muslims

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Statists who oppose the building of that mosque near the World Trade Center site are missing the point, and the reason they’re missing the point is that they simply cannot bring themselves to recognize that the problem is not with Islam or Muslims. The problem is with the U.S. government and specifically, its imperial, interventionist foreign policy that waged ...

Military Suicides and Guilty Consciences

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American statists and imperialists are coming up with all sorts of explanations to explain the epidemic of suicides among U.S. military personnel. The most popular explanations are war stress and stress at home. I’ve got another possible cause: guilt, arising from the wrongful killing of other human beings. Consider Iraq. Neither the Iraqi people nor their government ever attacked the United ...

Patriotism and Treason

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At the recent sentencing of Walter Kendall Myers and his wife Gwendolyn, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton announced that he was “perplexed” by the Myers’ claim that they had no intent to harm the United States by turning over classified documents to Cuba. He told the couple that they deserved heavy punishment for betraying the United States. As I wrote ...

Reduce Federal Spending: End the Drug War

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I have a proposal for reducing federal spending: End the drug war by legalizing drugs. Let’s face reality: Unless something drastic happens, like bankruptcy or hyperinflation, Americans are not likely going to let go of their welfare-warfare state in the near term. When it comes to welfare, Americans are as addicted as your most hard-core heroin addict. How many times have ...

The Never-Ending Drug War

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The Mexican government has just killed a man named Ignacio Coronel Villarreal, who was purported to be the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel. According to the New York Times, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency congratulated the Mexican government on a “victory in their sustained efforts to dismantle the drug cartels by targeting the highest levels of cartel leadership.” It would ...
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