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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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Why Trump and Clinton Have Gotten on Top

One of the most fascinating aspects of the 2016 presidential race is the large number of people who continue to ask, “How is it possible that in a nation of 300 million people, we ended up with two horrendous presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump?” There is an explanation for this phenomenon but it’s one that all too ...

My Trip to Phoenix

Last week I went on a speaking tour in Phoenix and had an absolutely great time sharing ideas on liberty with diverse audiences. The first talk was to the Young Americans for Liberty chapter at Arizona State University. My topic was “The Evil of the National Security State.” I gave the audience a history of how the national-security state ...

The New York Times Is Wrong About Protest Votes

Last week the New York Times published an op-ed by its columnist Charles M. Blow entitled “The Folly of the Protest Vote,” which took millennials to task for supporting Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein or simply choosing not to vote. Exhorting millennials to vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, Blow said ...

The Assassinations of John Kennedy and Orlando Letelier

This week the Washington Post carried a fascinating front-page article entitled “This Is Not an Accident. This Was a Bomb” about the assassination of Orlando Letelier, the former official in the Allende administration who, along with his 25-year-old assistant Ronni Moffitt, was murdered on the streets of Washington, D.C., in 1976. The article includes several interesting photographs, including of ...

More Terrorist Blowback in NY and NJ

It’s becoming a familiar story. More U.S. killings in the Middle East, followed by a terrorist attack on American soil, followed by more U.S. killings in the Middle East, which then engenders more terrorist blowback, followed by more U.S. killings in the Middle East. As I have pointed out time and time again, as long as U.S. troops and the ...

Paul Krugman’s Fear of Libertarianism

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has some advice for millennials: Don’t vote for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson because the Libertarian Party platform calls for the abolition of the federal income tax (and, of course, the IRS too), Social Security and Medicare (and also Medicaid and all other welfare-state programs), public schooling, and environmental regulations. 

Colonia Dignidad

If you want to get a glimpse of what life is like under a military dictatorship that has been installed into power by the U.S. national-security establishment and that is later supported by U.S.-taxpayer-funded foreign aid, check out a great movie titled Colonia, a 2015 romantic thriller based on the 1973 military coup in Chile. Directed by Oscar ...

Why Gary Johnson Isn’t in the Debates, Part 2

During the first Republican debate of the 2008 campaign for president, Ron Paul shocked his fellow candidates and the mainstream media types who were asking the questions when the subject of the 9/11 attacks came up. His opponents dutifully spouted the official line about the attacks — that the terrorists had been motivated by hatred for America’s freedom and ...

Why Gary Johnson Isn’t in the Debates

The 15 percent rule that is going to prevent Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson from participating in the presidential debates is so flagrantly ludicrous that it doesn’t even pass a smell test. That’s the rule that the Commission on Presidential Debates has established for determining whether a presidential candidate will be invited to participate in the debates. It ...
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