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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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Would a Bigger Police State Win the Drug War?

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Most everyone would agree that China is not a free society. It is ruled by a brutal communist regime, one that has absolutely no regard for civil liberties and such criminal-justice principles as due process of law, trial by jury, right to counsel, and habeas corpus. When the state wants to go after someone, there are no institutional barriers ...

Lead Us Into Temptation, Evil, and Death

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Every Sunday American Christians go to church and pray The Lord’s Prayer, which includes the following plea: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” The rest of the week, many of these same Christians then proceed to support a governmental program that not only leads people into temptation and evil but also brings with it death, ...

Some Levity at the State Department Over Venezuela

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A couple of weeks ago, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki brought a bit of levity to a press briefing on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, specifically regarding Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s accusation that the U.S. government was involved in an attempted military coup attempt in that country. Here’s the pertinent exchange during the briefing: Question: President Maduro last night ...

ISIS and the National Security Scam

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U.S. national-security officials are scratching their heads over the decision by young people from around the world to join ISIS. Totally befuddled, U.S. officials just don’t understand why anyone would do such a thing. At the same time, of course, hardly any American is traveling to Iraq to fight on the other side — the anti-ISIS side — by joining ...

The National-Security State’s ISIS Racket

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The official enemy de jour that has everyone all riled up and scared is ISIS. If U.S. forces don’t bomb ISIS, the argument goes, ISIS will take over Iraq, and Syria, and Lebanon, and Europe, and Asia, and Latin America, and then the United States. If the bombs don’t fall on ISIS, before long Americans will be speaking Arabic ...

O’Reilly, Oswald, and Hot Water

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Fox News conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly is in hot water over a matter relating to Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. News media on the Internet are abuzz over allegations that O’Reilly fibbed about an episode relating to a man named George de Mohrenschildt, a Dallas conservative. The controversy couldn’t have come at a ...

The War State at 99 Cents

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I often receive unsolicited books from authors. When I do, I quickly thumb through the table of contents and if it grabs my attention, I peruse the book. I can usually tell very quickly whether it is the type of book that I wish to read or that should be reviewed by The Future of Freedom Foundation. A little over ...

Gun Control, Death, and the Drug War

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Twenty-five year old Terry Gillenwater will not be holding up any more pharmacies. That’s because he was shot dead while committing an armed robbery at the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, West Virginia. Gillenwater entered the pharmacy wearing a mask, pulled out a gun, and aimed it at the people behind the counter. What he didn’t know was one of ...

Conservative Blindness on Principle

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One of the things that totally befuddle conservatives is the unwavering commitment to principles which characterizes libertarians. Conservatives just don’t get it. When it comes to the matter of principle, conservatives have one great big blind spot. Many years ago, when I discovered libertarianism, one of the first essays I read was entitled “Drowning in a Sea of Buts” by ...

Operation Iraqi “Freedom”

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The most important thing about Operation Iraqi Freedom is how it demonstrates how U.S. national-security state officials view the concept of freedom. In their minds, the 11 years of brutal occupation on the part of the U.S. military brought freedom to the Iraqi people. In fact, that mindset also pervades many Americans in the private sector, including veterans, who ...

Is a War of Aggression a War Crime or Not?

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Many people believe that during war American soldiers are required to obey any orders they are issued to them and that the citizenry should honor the troops for serving their country by loyally carrying out such orders. Actually, however, every soldier is taught that, as a matter of law, he must disobey orders that are unlawful. If he obeys such ...

Laura Dekker: Public School Failure or Free-Market Success Story?

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One of the real downsides of living under a socialist system for a long period of time is that people lose their faith in freedom and free markets. One of the best examples of this phenomenon involves public schooling, the governmental program to which American children are required to submit when they reach six years of age. The common notion ...
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