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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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A Strong Government Equals a Weak Nation

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Among the worst adverse consequences of everyone’s having been born and raised in a welfare-warfare state is that people grow up honestly believing that the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, along with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, are essential to their freedom, security, and economic well-being. Unfortunately, that mindset stays with many of them until their dying days. President ...

The Surreal World of Foreign Interventionism

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On March 21 — 9 days ago — I published an article entitled “Prepare Now for Blowback,” in which I pointed out what would seem to be obvious to any reasonable person after some 27 continuous years of U.S. interventionism in the Middle East and 16 continuous years of interventionism in Afghanistan: that some people who sympathize with ...

The JFK Brain Mystery

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Ever since the Kennedy assassination, a popular parlor game has been: What happened to JFK’s brain? The game has served as a useful distraction from the much more critically important issue, one that is still unexplained to this day by the Pentagon, which, strangely, was the entity that conducted the autopsy on President Kennedy’s body. This unexplained issue is: ...

Did the National Security State Wiretap Trump?

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I confess that I don’t know if the national security state wiretapped Donald Trump or not. But guess what: Neither do all those people in the mainstream press who are indignant — absolutely indignant — that anyone, especially the president of the United States — would suggest such a thing. On what basis do they arrive at absolute certainty that ...

An Unbelievably Great Upcoming Conference

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If you miss our upcoming June 3 conference “The National Security State and JFK,” my hunch is that you’re later going to say, “Jacob, I sure wish I had attended that conference because I heard that it was absolutely fantastic!” For the past three years, I have dreamed of putting together this conference, and it is now about ...

Bemused Over Russian “Meddling”

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I must confess that liberals and the liberal press are amusing me to no end over their heated and exuberant reaction to the Trump-Russia meddling “scandal.” I find the whole controversy to be absolutely hilarious. A question that stands out in all this: What’s wrong with an American politician “colluding” with a Russian politician to win an American election? “Treason!” the ...

Prepare Now for Blowback

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By this time it has become painfully obvious that Donald Trump is going to follow the interventionist road in the Middle East that Republicans and Democrats have been following ever since the Cold War ended in 1989. Like any good conservative, Trump is expanding the size of the military establishment, unleashing the Pentagon to wage its war on ISIS ...

How to Achieve Omnipotent Government

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Ludwig von Mises explained how government interventionism into economic activity ultimately leads to omnipotent government. It’s because the first intervention inevitably creates problems or crises. Rather than repeal the original intervention, which would constitute an acknowledgement that the intervention had failed, government planners double down by introducing a new intervention to fix the problems or crises of the original ...

Why Are Americans Searched at the Border?

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Whenever American citizens travel to another country, they are subjected to intrusive searches at the hands of U.S. officials upon returning to the United States. Why? What’s the justification? Since Americans living today have all been born and raised under this type of system, hardly anyone questions it. It’s just accepted, passively and submissively, as part of living in a “free” ...

Should Libertarians Support a Police State?

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According to an article at NBCNews.com, when 23-year-old American filmmaker Akram Shibly and his girlfriend Kelly McCormick recently returned from a trip to Toronto, U.S. border officials took possession of their cell phones and demanded that they disclose their passwords so that the officials could peruse, study, search through, or copy the contents of the phones.  They complied. A ...

Conservatives Are Squirming (and Capitulating) on Obamacare

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For the last seven years, conservatives have had a field day complaining about Obamacare and calling for its repeal. The anti-Obamacare pabulum has been great for garnering donations to conservative organizations and Republican candidates. What conservatives never figured on, however, was that Republicans would end up winning both houses of Congress and the presidency. Now that that has happened, conservatives ...

Moral Bankruptcy, Left and Right

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When it comes to foreign policy and the U.S. government’s imperial and interventionist role in the world, it is sometimes difficult to determine which faction of statists — liberal or conservative — is the more hypocritical and morally blind. Consider the following editorial in today’s New York Times entitled “The U.S. Should Not Be Egypt’s Accomplice.” When I read ...
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