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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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Hijacking the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

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In an editorial yesterday entitled Obama Administration Owes Answers on How It Handled Times Square Suspect, the Washington Post wants to know whether the Obama administration was too hasty in treating accused Times Square terrorist Faisal Shahzad as a criminal suspect rather than an enemy combatant. The Post stated: The administration rightly came under fire ...

Terrorism and Americas Way of Life

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In a press conference yesterday about Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who allegedly tried to blow up the car bomb in Times Square, Attorney General Eric Holder stated, The reality that there is a constant threat from those who wish to do us harm simply because of our way of life. We havent yet heard any ...

The Minimum Wage Protects the Rich

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In the past week, I have written two articles (here and here) detailing how one of the favorite economic interventions of liberals (i.e., liberals in the corrupted, big-government meaning of the term), falls disproportionately on poor, inner-city black teenagers, people whom liberals purport to be concerned about. As I pointed out in those two articles, the mandated minimum ...

Free Teenagers: Repeal the Minimum Wage

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An editorial in the Saturday New York Times indirectly confirms what I wrote in my recent article Why Do Daily Kos and Alternet Support a Racist Program? In that article, I pointed out that a minimum-wage law locks out of the labor market all those people whose labor is valued by employers in the marketplace at less ...

Hornbergers Blog, May 2010

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Friday, May 28, 2010 Libertarians, Open Borders, and the Welfare State by Jacob G. Hornberger Nobel Prize winning libertarian economist Milton Friedman once suggested that libertarians could rightfully oppose the concept of open borders as long as the United States had a welfare state. Friedmans point was that with open borders and a welfare state, the United States would attract foreign citizens ...

Revisiting Freedom in Iraq

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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 democracy to Iraq? How many times have they attempted ...

Giving Passes in the War on Terrorism

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There is still no trial date set in the federal case of Luis Posada Carriles, the foreigner whom Venezuela accuses of having planned the terrorist downing of a Cuban civilian airliner in 1976 that killed 73 innocent people, including 24 members of Cubas national fencing team. After Carriles entered the United States in 2005, Venezuela ...

Libertarianism and the Tea Party

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An interesting discussion has erupted on FFFs Facebook page in response to two items I posted regarding the Tea Party movement: Irony: Daily Kos and Alternet liberals are attacking me & Tea Party types are attacking Bovard, calling him a liberal: http://ow.ly/1D6Yc A Tea Partier seems to be a disgruntled Republican who's upset that the welfare-warfare ...

Arizonas Immigration Law Is Nothing New for Border Residents

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What lots of Americans dont realize is that the new Arizona immigration law simply extends to the entire state the requirement that darker-skinned, poorer-looking Americans along the border have had to live with for decades carrying their papers, just like people in totalitarian countries have to do. For decades, any darker-skinned, poorer-looking person who travels entirely within the United States ...

Who Will Bail Out the U.S. Government?

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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that city governments, who are suffering severe financial strains, are looking to the federal government to bail them out. And the federal government, our nations daddy, is responding favorably. Congressional Democrats are pushing a bill that would give cities and counties $75 billion. Thats on top of all ...

The Napolitano Phenomenon

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Last October I wrote an article entitled “Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Libertarian Phenomenon,” in which I stated: “Fox News legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Internet program Freedom Watch is one of the most fascinating phenomena in the history of the libertarian movement. There’s never been anything like it and if it were to break out ...

The Drug War Meets the War on Immigrants

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It’s a fascinating phenomenon. The U.S. government’s war on drugs and its war immigrants are now meeting each other along the southern border, placing advocates of these two wars in an interesting position. This week the New York Times reported that Mexican citizens are flooding into Fort Hancock, a border town in Texas with ...
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