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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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Murder is Murder, Whether by Pinochet or the CIA

Thirty-five years after military strongman Augusto Pinochet took power in a coup in 1973 in Chile, the Chilean people have just discovered that Pinochet ordered the murder of former Chilean president Eduardo Frei Montalva. Even though Pinochet is dead, criminal indictments have been issued against people who allegedly participated in the assassination. Of course, Chileans ...

The Only Cure for America’s Health-Care Illness

The core problem in the health-care debate is that most everyone just assumes the existence of Medicare and Medicaid and medical licensure. Then, they come up with some sort of reform plan that works around these socialist and interventionist programs. That’s ridiculous, because Medicare and Medicaid and occupational licensure are the heart of the problem. It’s just that people are ...

Imperial Folly and Terrorist Blowback

Permit me to show you an example of why the U.S. government’s occupation of Afghanistan provides a continuing threat to the well-being of the American people. The example is a microcosm of U.S. foreign policy. The December 3 issue of the New York Times carried an article about the CIA’s expanded use of drone missile attacks in Pakistan ...

Another Loser: Military Occupation in the Drug War

Iraqis and Afghanis are not the only ones who are protesting military occupation. According to Reuters, “Thousands of people dressed in white demanded soldiers leave Mexico’s most violent city on Sunday, accusing troops of provoking a surge in drug-war killings and running protection rackets.” Around 5,000 demonstrators, many carrying white balloons, held ...

Another Great Economic Liberty Lecture

Last Wednesday provided another great evening in our Economic Liberty Lecture Series, which we hold at George Mason University in conjunction with the students in the GMU Econ Society. As a matter of fact, that night we had a third co-sponsor — the Atlas Economic Research Institute’s Sound Money Project, which not only treated ...

The Fascism of Virginia’s Smoking Ban

The Washington Post carried a nostalgic article about Virginia’s state-wide smoking ban, which just went into effect. The article reminded people of Virginia’s long heritage of tobacco growing. Not surprisingly, however, the Post failed to mention a far more important legacy of Virginia that has been rejected by the smoking ban — the legacy of ...

Socialist Failure in Afghanistan, Iraq, and New London

Pity the socialists. Their grandiose federal plans to “rebuild” Iraq and Afghanistan have turned out to be fiascoes. But heck, at least the socialists retained the hope of pointing to grandiose rebuilding programs at home to buttress their case for socialism, such as their urban-renewal project in New London, Connecticut, where the city took ...

Hornberger’s Blog, December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009 Fight Cuban Tyranny with American Freedom by Jacob G. Hornberger Once again, the U.S. government’s 112-year obsession with controlling Cuba rears its ugly head. This time, it involves the arrest by Cuban authorities of an American subcontractor who works for a company named “Development Alternatives, Inc.” According to the New York Times, (see here and ...

Falsehood and Deception vs. Truth and Reality

I was once delivering a lecture to a group of students at a local public (i.e., government) high school and I made the point that one of the biggest reasons why government officials love to control the educational system is for the purpose of indoctrination. The students were incredulous. “Are you saying that we’ve been indoctrinated?” they asked? “That’s precisely what ...

The U.S. Government Is Taking Us Down

President Obama has decided to up the ante in Afghanistan by acceding to his generals’ request to send an additional 34,000 troops to that beleaguered nation. What better proof that those of us who opposed the initial invasion of Afghanistan were right? The decision to treat the 9/11 attacks as a military problem, rather ...

Cuba’s Defense against U.S. Terrorism

An American couple charged several months ago with spying for Cuba have pled guilty. Walton Myers, 72, a former State Department official, agreed to a mandatory sentence of life in prison. His wife Gwendolyn, 71, agreed to a 6-7 ½ years sentence. Apparently driven by devotion to Cuba’s socialist system, the couple had ...

Are Conservatives Coming Around on Civil Liberties?

Yesterday’s New York Times carried an interesting article about how more conservatives are joining libertarians and liberals in the defense of civil liberties. This is a remarkable development, one that threatens to split the conservative movement. For decades, conservatives have denigrated the importance of civil liberties, largely as part of the war on drugs, which both conservatives and ...
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