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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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Gitmo Reflects Disdain for the Constitution

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Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has an op-ed in today’s New York Times entitled “Let’s Finally Close Guantanamo,” in which she points out what critics of the Guantanamo facility have been saying for years: It is a very effective tool that overseas terrorist organizations use to recruit new members. Feinstein calls for closing down the facility, transferring the remaining ...

Oh No! The Cold War Is Back On?

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On Monday, the New York Times published a fascinating article entitled “Putin’s Forever War” by Masha Gessen. The article provides a deep insight into the type of mindset that converted the U.S. government into a national-security state and that has led our nation to the dark side. Gessen’s article revolves around a critique of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, ...

Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK, and the National Security State

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In yesterday’s blog post about the movie Bridge of Spies, I pointed out how the circumstantial evidence that has been released over the decades leads to but one conclusion — that Lee Harvey Oswald, who the Warren Commission accused of assassinating President Kennedy, was an intelligence operative or asset of the U.S. national-security state. That is, that when ...

Bridge of Spies and Lee Harvey Oswald

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I recently saw Bridge of Spies, the new movie that revolves around a prisoner exchange that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. The exchange involved two spies — CIA spy Francis Gary Powers and Soviet KGB spy Rudolf Abel, as well as a Yale student named Frederic Pryor, ...

A Short History of U.S. Monetary Policy

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The monetary system that the Framers established with the Constitution was the most unusual and the most radical in history. That unique monetary system, along with such things as the absence of an income tax, a welfare state, and a warfare state, along with open immigration, contributed to the tremendous economic prosperity that pulled countless people out of poverty ...

Last Night’s GOP Presidential Debate Cracked Me Up

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I didn’t watch the entire GOP presidential debate last night but the part I did watch really cracked me up. The candidates were criticizing the Democratic Party presidential candidates, especially Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, for being socialists. One Republican candidate even compared their Democratic Party counterparts to the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, referring to the two factions in the ...

Congress Capitulates Again on the Debt Ceiling

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Just as I have predicted for the past couple of years, Congress has capitulated again on its debt ceiling. The media is reporting that Congress is striking a deal with President Obama to lift the debt ceiling once again. The deal now permits the federal government to add even more debt to the already existing mountain of federal debt ...

The Debt Ceiling: A Primer

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Just as I have predicted several times since the debt ceiling was last lifted in 2013, statists are saying that a catastrophe will ensue if the debt ceiling isn’t lifted again. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is leading the charge, exclaiming in a USA Today piece that “by waiting to the last minute to act on the debt limit, Congress ...

JFK Saved Us from a Nuclear Holocaust

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JFK Saved Us from a Nuclear Holocaust By Jacob G. Hornberger At the end of last night’s segment of Future of Freedom, the new Internet show that I am doing with Scott Horton over at Liberty.me, Scott asked me about the Cuban Missile Crisis. His question was inspired by an article by Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com entitled “Lessons of ...

The Libertarian Angle and Future of Freedom

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Tonight is the 8th week of Future of Freedom, the new Internet show that I’m co-hosting with Scott Horton on Thursday nights at 8 pm ET over at Liberty.me. It’s a weekly half-hour show in which Scott asks me to comment on various issues of the day, with him providing his own commentary as part of the interview process. Scott ...

Remember When U.S. Officials Loved Assad?

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President Obama and his mouthpieces in the mainstream press are outraged that Russian President Vladimir Putin is partnering with Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad in the global war on terrorism. “Doesn’t Putin realize that Assad is a dictator?” they exclaim. “Why doesn’t Putin instead work with the U.S. to oust Assad from power? they ask. Putin’s position is that Assad is ...
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