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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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Wow! Libertarians at CPAC!

What a great time we had at the CPAC conference! Yes, I know what you might be asking yourself: What in the world was FFF doing at CPAC? After all, it is a conference for conservatives, right? And we are about as pure libertarians as you’d ever find. And you’d be right to ask that question, especially given that ...

Coulter’s Inane Defense of Bush on O’Reilly

I tuned into conservative Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News last night to see what libertarian John Stossel had to say, and in the process I was treated to one of the most inane arguments I have ever heard in my life, not from Stossel, of course, but rather from arch-conservative Ann Coulter, who ...

Socialist Bankruptcy in Greece

How long have European socialists been telling us how successful European welfare-statism has been? The governments in Europe’s socialist countries, they tell us, take care of their people with pensions, social security, free health care and education, and job security. And everything, they say, is just hunky dory. But as we libertarians have been ...

Cheney’s Response Demands a Special Prosecutor

I’m no psychiatrist but it’s been said that the subconscious of people who are suffering severe guilt sometimes causes them to make inadvertent admissions of wrongdoing. That might well be why former Vice-President Dick Cheney made a startling statement at the very end of his recent interview on ABC News’ “This Week.” Here is what ...

The Miracle of the Market

In preparation for the two recent back-to-back blizzards, D.C. residents were emptying the shelves of neighborhood grocery stores. Notwithstanding the pre-blizzard panic buying, what’s interesting is that no one was freaking out about whether the stores would be adequately stocked after the blizzards. After all, think about it: there is absolutely no government planning that ...

Debra Medina, Glen Beck and the Northwoods Truthers

In an obvious ambush of Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, Fox News commentator Glen Beck told Medina in a radio interview that he had received emails from listeners saying that she was a 9/11 truther, that is, a person who believes that the U.S. government was behind the 9/11 attacks. Medina failed to specifically deny the charge, indicated that ...

Shocking Revelations about the Titanic

Shocking revelations about the sinking of the RMS Titanic have just come to light. U.S. officials have long kept this information secret on grounds of national security. It turns out that after the Titanic hit the glacier, ship officials calculated that the vessel could still be saved by unloading a large amount of weight from ...

Specks and Beams in U.S. Foreign Policy

John Limbert, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for Iran, is asking the UN to investigate human-rights abuses in Iran by that country’s dictatorial regime. Ever since protests against Iran’s fraudulent presidential elections broke out, the Iranian dictators have been rounding up people, torturing and raping them, and even executing them. But I wonder if ...

Libertarianism is the Light Shining through the Statist Darkness

For years, liberals and conservatives have played this little game in which they imply that they hold opposing philosophies. Nothing could be further from the truth. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference, philosophically speaking, between a liberal and a conservative. It would be difficult to find a more perfect example of this phenomenon than ...

Socialism and Imperialism Are Taking Us Down

In a February 6 editorial, the mainstream newspaper the New York Times took note of the dangers of out-of-control federal spending and soaring debt. In 2011 alone, the projected deficit is $1.3 trillion, an amount that even the Times calls “breathtaking.” But what is even more breathtaking is what Times recommends that federal officials do. ...

Christian Support for Killing Iraqis

Among the things about the Iraq War that I have never been able to understand is how American Christians have been able, in good conscience, to support this war. After all, no one can deny that neither Iraq nor the Iraqi people ever attacked the United States. That makes the United States the aggressor — ...
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