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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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Statism and the Drug War

Anthony Placido, head of intelligence for the DEA, wants the 35-year-old drug war to continue because drugs are “mind-altering substances that destroy human life and create violence.” Ponder carefully the first part of Placido’s statement — the part about drugs being bad for people. What he is saying is that as a government official, he ...

The Virginia Race for Governor Is Boring

People from around the country should be happy that they are being spared having to undergo the sheer boredom of Virginia’s race for governor. Wow, what a yawner. Oh, that’s not to say that Democrats and Republicans and the mainstream media agree with that assessment. In their minds, this is a terribly exciting race. After all, ...

Oswald, the CIA, and Kennedy

In my recent blog post on Lee Harvey Oswald and the CIA, I raised the possibility that Oswald was working deep undercover for the CIA when he defected to the Soviet Union and then returned to the United States as a communist sympathizer. There are a few other things about Oswald that have long mystified me. When Oswald was ...

Did The CIA Have More Motive than Oswald?

For the life of me, I still don’t understand what Lee Harvey Oswald’s motive was for killing President John F. Kennedy. The lone-assassin theorists say that he was a lonely and disgruntled communist sympathizer who sought glory and fame for killing someone as powerful as the president of the United States. But if that’s the case, ...

Update on Economic Liberty Lecture Series

Here’s an update on our Economic Liberty Lecture Series, which is turning out to be a very exciting program. In September our first speaker, Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and head of Lew Rockwell.com, attracted an overflow, standing-room-only crowd of about 125 people. He delivered a captivating talk on the history of economic thought, specifically focusing ...

Army Partially Surrenders in Watada Case

The U.S. Army has partially surrendered in the case of Lt. Ehren Watada by allowing Watada to resign from the army and avoid further court-martial proceedings. The Army had been prosecuting Watada for refusing orders to deploy to Iraq. The surrender was partial because Watada was given a discharge “under other-than-honorable conditions.” Watada had refused to deploy to ...

Pity the Imperialists

Pity the imperialists. What do they do? They must realize that the longer they continue occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, the more they weaken the Empire. Hey, they don’t call Afghanistan the “graveyard of empires” for nothing. America’s imperialists are discovering what imperialists throughout history have discovered: empires are costly. This one is no exception. Military ...

The Sanctuary Fallacy

The principal argument for continuing the 8-year occupation of Afghanistan is that if the Taliban regain power, they will provide a “sanctuary” for al-Qaeda. It is a fallacious rationale for the continued killing of Afghanis and the continued sacrifice of U.S. troops. For one thing, if the U.S. Empire were to exit Afghanistan and Iraq and the rest of the ...

Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Libertarian Phenomenon

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 to the Fox News television channel, it would constitute nothing less than a revolutionary development ...

Lecturing the New York Times on Libertarianism

Given the surge in interest in libertarianism during the past few years, it is amazing to me that one must still lecture the New York Times on the subject but, alas, such is the case. In an article on the Roman Polanski child-rape case entitled “The Polanski Case: A Gallic Shrug” by the ...

Faith and Freedom

The Harrison, Arkansas, Daily Times reports that FedEx has covered the $11,000 bill for an air ambulance to take 7-year-old Jada Harper from Houston to her home in Arkansas. The girl has terminal cancer and is expected to die within a few months. Since the ailing girl could not have survived ground ...

Hornberger’s Blog, October 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009 Why Do Liberals Hate the Poor in Cuba? by Jacob G. Hornberger President’s Obama’s much-ballyhooed campaign promise of “change” has received yet another setback. This time it’s respect to the U.S. embargo against Cuba, which has been in existence for some 50 years. Obama, who wowed and wooed the crowds during his presidential campaign with promises of “change,” ...
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