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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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Behaving Like the North Koreans

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The controversy over North Korea’s supposed hacking of Sony in retaliation for The Interview actually goes a long way in showing the brilliance of our American ancestors who demanded the enactment of the Bill of Rights after the federal government was called into existence with the Constitution. Why did our ancestors insist on passage of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and ...

Déjà vu in France

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I’m getting a big déjà vu feeling in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings in France. The French government is declaring war on terrorism. It’s militarizing French society. It’s proposing a Patriot Act. It’s supporting a mass surveillance scheme. It’s advocating killing more people in the Middle East. There is even talk of using military tribunals to try terrorism ...

Free Speech in America? What About Lynne Stewart?

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In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in France on Charlie Hebdo, U.S. officials are telling the world how committed they are to the principles of freedom of speech. Really? How about Lynne Stewart, the New York lawyer who was convicted and sentenced to serve time in a federal penitentiary for doing nothing more than speaking the following words to the ...

How the Cuban Embargo Got Imposed

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I wonder how many Americans know how the U.S. embargo against Cuba got imposed. The story provides one more example of how the post-World War II national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto America’s governmental structure warped and perverted the values and principles of the American people in the name of the anti-communist crusade. From 1953-1959, Fidel Castro’s forces were ...

Nationalizations in Cuba and the United States

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Proponents for continuing the Cold War-era U.S. embargo against Cuba, many of whom are Latin Americans, say that as a condition for lifting the embargo, the U.S. government should require the Cuban government to compensate, either with damages or restoration, U.S. companies and even Cuban citizens for the Castro regime’s nationalization of their properties more than 50 years ago. Really? Pray ...

Additional Conservative Hypocrisy on the Cuban Embargo

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In my blog post of January 6, 2015, entitled “Conservative Hypocrisy on the Cuban Embargo,” I listed five ways in which conservative hypocrisy was manifesting itself in the context of the debate over whether the 54-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba should be lifted. Later, I realized that the list should have enumerated one other way: mass surveillance over the ...

The Communists Won the Cuban Missile Crisis

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For decades the official story here in the United States, one that is inculcated into every student in every public school in the land, is that in the showdown between President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963, Kennedy inflicted a humiliating defeat on Khrushchev by forcing him to back down and remove ...

Putin, Businessmen, and Economic Crimes

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Russian businessman Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg are learning a lesson about economic crimes that American businessmen learned a long time ago. When Alexei decided to take on Russian President Vladimir Putin in the political arena, he and his brother soon became the target of a federal criminal prosecution relating to economic and financial crimes. Two weeks ago, ...

Conservative Hypocrisy on the Cuban Embargo

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We are witnessing classic conservative hypocrisy with their predictable opposition to the lifting of the 54-year-old U.S. embargo against Cuba. That includes many Latin American conservatives who have come to view the U.S. government as their “papasito” and who are now lamenting that the U.S. government might no longer be intervening on their behalf in Cuba. Let’s count five ways ...

FFF’s JFK Books Hit Amazon Best-Seller List

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Last September, The Future of Freedom Foundation launched a special 6 ½-hour video presentation on the JFK autopsy entitled “Altered History: Exposing Deceit and Deception in the JFK Medical Evidence” by Douglas P. Horne, who served on the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. The video presentation was based on Horne’s five-volume book Inside the Assassination ...

Voluntary vs. Mandatory Charity

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As everyone knows, one of the major differences between statists and libertarians is over the issue of charity. Libertarians believe that charity should be voluntary. Statists believe it should be mandatory. In analyzing this fundamental difference in perspective, there is one indisputable fact: The more wealth there is in a society, the greater the amount of charity that can be ...

A Radical Question about the CIA in the Mainstream Press

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Several days ago, the New York Times, which of course epitomizes the mainstream press in America, asked a question that ordinarily would be found mainly on libertarian websites like that of The Future of Freedom Foundation. In the Room for Debate section of the Times’ Opinion Pages, the Times asked: “Do We Need the C.I.A.?” In the introduction to ...
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