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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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FDR Spied on Leonard Read

Last night I was reading a book entitled The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs by David Unger. My eyes bulged out when I came across the following sentence: “In 1941 Attorney General Francis Biddle, following Roosevelt’s new guidelines, approved FBI wiretapping of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.” Why did that particular sentence grab ...

Slavery and the Income Tax

Not surprisingly, the New York Times has an op-ed today entitled “Shaming Those Who Skip Out on Taxes,” which calls on the federal government to publicly shame tax delinquents as part of its efforts to increase tax collections. I’ve got a better idea: How about people in the private sector publicly shaming everyone who favors the continuation of the federal ...

Inflicting the Death Penalty Before Trial

The case of Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh is a perfect example of how the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our federal governmental structure as part of the Cold War has revolutionized America’s governmental system. Farekh is an American citizen. Two years ago, the Pentagon and the CIA — the two principal components of the national-security state branch of ...

An Awesome Conference!

Our Saturday conference in Austin turned out to be an absolutely awesome event. An audience consisting of about 700 attendees listened to three fantastic talks — by Radley Balko, Glenn Greenwald, and Ron Paul. In fact, Ron’s talk was the best speech I have ever seen him deliver. The theme of the event was “End the Wars on Drugs and ...

Leave Cuba (and the Rest of Us) Alone

It’s really so sad. The longtime conservative obsession with Cuba continues. Conservatives, like U.S. national-security state officials, just can’t leave Cuba alone. The latest manifestation of this psychological phenomenon is reflected in a piece by longtime conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady. In the article, entitled “Obama Rehabilitates the Castro Brothers,” O’Grady goes through all sorts of ...

My New Book: Regime Change: The JFK Assassination

Last September we launched two ebooks on the Kennedy assassination: The Kennedy Autopsy by Jacob Hornberger and JFK’s War with the National-Security Establishment by Douglas Horne. These two books are priced at $1 each. Sales of the books began taking off. Since January both books have consistently remained on Amazon’s list of the Top 100 Best-Selling ...

Come to Austin This Weekend!

It’s not too late to make a flight reservation or jump into your car and head to Austin, Texas, which might just be the best city in the United States. I can personally attest to this given that I spent three years of my life in Austin attending law school at the University of Texas in the 1970s. Situated ...

Draft Registration and America’s Serf Society

With the start of baseball season, fans will once again be exhorted to stand up and glorify the troops. Among those fans will be teenagers who will be proudly singing some variation of “I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.” But neither American teenagers nor any other American is able to reconcile the freedom ...

America’s Warfare-State Revolution

It is impossible to overstate the magnitude of the warfare-state revolution that transformed the federal government and American society after World War II. The roots of America’s foreign-policy crises today, along with the massive infringements on civil liberties and privacy and the federal government’s program of secret indefinite incarceration, torture, assassination, and extra-judicial executions can all be traced to ...

America’s Welfare-State Revolution

It is truly impossible to overstate the enormity of the welfare-state revolution that occurred in 20th-century America. Consider that for more than 100 years — from the inception of the Republic until the 20th century — the American people lived under the most unusual and remarkable governmental system in history. No, I’m not suggesting that it was a libertarian paradise by ...

Is the Constitution a Failed Experiment?

Some people say that given the massive welfare-warfare state under which we now live, it’s clear that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights have proven to be a failed experiment in the protection of the rights and liberties of the American people. But is that true? Consider the fact that Americans are not forced to send their children into state ...

The Biggest Threat to American Liberty

George Washington pointed out, “Overgrown military establishments, which under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty. Wise words by the father of our country, but ones, unfortunately, rejected by modern-day Americans, who love and idolize the enormously overgrown military establishment that now characterizes our federal governmental system. Eastern ...
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