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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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Liberal Wrongheadness on Greece

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In his column yesterday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman demonstrates how wrong-headed liberal thinking on economics can be. Pointing to the fiscal problems being experienced by Greece, Krugman correctly points to the core of the problem: excessive spending and borrowing by the Greek government. Although he doesn’t point out that all that ...

The Income Tax and American Servitude

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With April 15 almost upon us, this would be a good time to remind ourselves of how the income tax contributed to the destruction of American liberty. We should first keep in mind that with the exception of the Civil War, the American people lived without an income tax from the beginning of the United States ...

The WikiLeaks Video and Terrorist Blowback

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I cant improve on Glenn Greenwalds analysis of the WikiLeaks video depicting the slaughter of Iraqi citizens. See here and here and here. However, there is one part of the WikiLeaks video that I wish to address the reaction of the helicopter pilots upon learning that there were two children who were shot and ...

Richard Ebelings Great Economic Liberty Lecture

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We had a great session of the Economic Liberty Lecture Series last night, an event that we co-sponsor with George Mason Universitys student-run GMU Econ Society. Richard Ebeling gave a great talk on the continuing relevance of Friedrich Hayeks classic book The Road to Serfdom as well as Austrian economics to the economic situation facing the American ...

Imperial Troubles in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Things are not working out as well as the U.S. Empire intended in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The original plan called for the installation of U.S. puppet regimes in both countries, regimes that would do the bidding of the Empire while maintaining the false semblance of sovereignty and independence. For a model of what was intended for both countries, think Iran ...

Are Federal Officials Above the Law?

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A federal judge’s ruling in a case challenging the Bush administration’s infamous and illegal domestic surveillance case will likely demonstrate, once again, the hypocrisy and deceit of Barack Obama and his merry band of liberal statists. When Obama was a presidential candidate, he emphasized to American voters that President Bush’s warrantless surveillance of Americans was ...

Hornberger’s Blog, April 2010

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Friday, April 30, 2010 Revisiting Freedom in Iraq by Jacob G. Hornberger How often have we heard proponents of the unlawful war of aggression against Iraq say that the real purpose of their invasion (after U.S. troops and the CIA failed to find those infamous and scary WMDs that were about to fired at the United States) was to bring freedom and ...

Family Harm Is No Justification for the Drug War

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My blog post yesterday, “Why Do Conservatives Still Love the Drug War?, generated many interesting comments on Facebook. One of the commentators made a point that both conservatives and liberals have long used to justify this failed and destructive government program: that drug usage causes harm to families and, therefore, it is justifiable for the state to punish ...

Why Do Conservatives Still Love the Drug War?

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An article by a conservative named Cliff Kincaid, who serves as editor of the Accuracy in Media (AIM) Report, provides a perfect example of how different libertarians are from conservatives and, well, for that matter, how there ain’t a dime’s worth of difference, when it comes to individual freedom, between ...

The Biggest Threat to Our Freedom and Well-Being

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The last thing statists want people to be doing is studying the Constitution. Because if people are studying the Constitution, there is a good possibility that they’ll discover what the Framers considered to be the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people. That would be, of ...

Diagnosing America’s Health-Care Illness

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Ludwig von Mises pointed out that one government intervention inevitably leads to more interventions in order to address the crises that are generated by the previous interventions. Ultimately, Mises said, the crises continue getting so bad that the government ends up taking over the entire sector. That principle perfectly describes ...

Another Statist Crisis

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Yesterday, the New York Times published an article detailing another statist crisis involving the U.S. welfare state. This time the crisis involves the crown jewel of America’s socialist programs, Social Security. According to the Times, “This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in ...
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