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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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Missing the Lessons on Vietnam

In light of President Obama’s current trip to Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Sen. John McCain, and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerry had a joint op-ed in the New York Times yesterday entitled “Moving On in Vietnam, but Remembering Its Lessons.” Unfortunately, however, the three Vietnam veterans have failed to draw the real lessons to be ...

A Praising Attack on My Immigration Article

In response to my article “Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Immigration Position,” I received a praising attack in an article entitled, “Hornberger, Right But Still Wrong,” written by a person who writes under a pseudonym -- “Black Flag” — owing to potential repercussions at his place of work as a result to his political beliefs. (FYI, last ...

Open Immigration with a Welfare State

Although free-market economist Milton Friedman defended the principle of open immigration, he had a caveat: “It's just obvious you can't have free immigration and a welfare state.” Conservatives and even some libertarians have long used Friedman’s statement to justify their support of government-controlled immigration. But Friedman was wrong. Of course you can have both open immigration and a welfare state. ...

Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Immigration Position

There is a common misconception in the libertarian movement that there are two positions on immigration within libertarianism: the position favoring open borders and the position favoring government-controlled borders. Nothing could be further from the truth. Libertarianism is a consistent philosophy. It doesn’t encompass contradictory positions. The core principle of libertarianism is what is called the non-aggression principle. It holds that ...

Trump and the Abandonment of Principle

For decades, Republicans and conservatives have poked fun at libertarians for being a “marginal” movement, one outside the mainstream of American political thought and political power. Their message has been that libertarians should do as they did — become respectable and credible to mainstream America by making peace with the welfare-warfare state and devoting their lives to coming up ...

Continued Secrecy in the JFK Assassination?

In the early 1990s, Congress enacted the 1992 JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, which ordered federal agencies, including the CIA, to disclose to the American people their long-secret records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The law was enacted as a result of public outrage generated by Oliver Stone’s movie JFK, which posited that Kennedy’s enemies ...
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