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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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WikiLeaks: Conformists vs. Individualists

The WikiLeaks controversy is exposing one of the great divides among the American citizenry: the good, little citizen who has a reverential deference for government power and the independent, critical thinker who isn’t scared to expose and oppose government wrongdoing. Those in the reverential, deferential category are shocked and outraged over WikiLeaks disclosure of U.S. government secrets to the American ...

Hornberger’s Blog, December 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010 We Need Your End of Year Support If you haven’t already made an end-of-year donation to The Future of Freedom Foundation, I hope you will do so. Our work for liberty in the coming year depends in large part on the financial support we receive at the end of the preceding year. Of course, since FFF is ...

Tax Cuts for the Rich? Abolish the Income Tax Instead

The left and right are debating whether tax cuts for the rich should be extended. The debate only goes to show how there’s really not any difference, philosophically speaking, between liberals and conservatives. They both believe in the income tax and the welfare-warfare-state programs that the income tax funds, and their battle is simply over who is going to ...

Willie Nelson and the Drug War

One of the benefits of the war on terrorism, from the standpoint of the statists, is that it has served to distract attention from the violations of civil liberties and privacy arising from that other famous federal war — the war on drugs. Last week’s arrest of Willie Nelson on pot charges at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Texas ...

Muslims and the Empire

Do you want to know what the real crime of the Muslims was, in the minds of American statists? It is that Muslims haven’t quietly acquiesced to what the U.S. Empire has done to them. If Muslims had meekly submitted to the will of the Empire like, say, the people of Granada and Panama did, everything today would be hunky ...

Madison Was Right about Korea

James Madison, the father of the Constitution, had a deep insight into the nature of government and public officials. Here is what he said: A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty. The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it ...

Gold, the Constitution, and the Fed

We’re linking to the third segment of my Internet show in today’s FFF Email Update. I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ve entitled it “Gold, the Constitution, and the Fed” since I spent the entire hour on that subject. The talk begins with an overview of what the Fed is doing to us today, in the name of “stimulus.” It’s ...

Bailouts and Occupations

’m having trouble deciding which topic to address today: the Pentagon’s announcement that it intends to be occupying Afghanistan into 2014 and beyond or the bailout of the Irish government. I’ll do both. When is enough enough? How long are the American people going to keep putting up with the occupation of Afghanistan? Back in 2001, wouldn’t most people have ...

The Statists Hate Our Criminal Justice System Too

The statists are upset over the jury’s verdict in the federal court trial of former Guantanamo prisoner Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. After hearing and considering all the evidence, the jury returned a verdict of acquittal on 276 counts of murder and a verdict of guilty on one single count of conspiracy. It’s not enough for the statists that Ghailani faces a ...

How About Income-Tax Repeal, Not Reform?

In the midst of the perpetual statist debate over whether President Bush’s tax cuts for the rich should be extended or not, we libertarians should refrain from getting mired in that debate and instead continue raising people’s vision to the libertarian principle, which is: There shouldn’t be an income tax at all and everyone should be free to keep ...

Make Your Choice: Empire or TSA Gropers and Porn Scanners

Americans are getting upset over the TSA gropers and porn scanners. But are they now ready to support the libertarian call to dismantle the U.S. government’s overseas military empire, which is the root cause of the TSA groping and porn scanning? After the 9/11 attacks, the immediate cry from U.S. officials was, “We’re innocent! The terrorists have attacked us because ...

Statism, Inflation, and the Fed

As the statists debate the future impact of the Fed’s latest inflationary binge, it’s important that we keep the big picture in mind. This is what the Fed has done since it was established in 1913. Decade after decade, it has inflated the money supply in order to enable big-spending federal officials to spend money to their heart’s content. Most federal ...
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