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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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The Biggest Open-Border Zone in History

All of us take it for granted, but the domestic open-border system that the Framers bequeathed to us is one remarkable achievement. Thanks to the Constitution, people are free to travel all across the country, crossing a multitude of state borders in the process, without having to encounter state border officials demanding to see identification papers. Moreover, people are ...

Drug War Lessons from Communists

Like the Trump administration, the communist regime in China has announced its intention to crack down in the war on drugs. The fact that the crackdown is coming from one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes in the world should serve as a lesson to the American people about the real nature and purpose of drug laws. According to

Nazi Germany’s (and America’s) Drug War

In reading an interesting review of a book entitled “Hitler’s Little Helper” in last Sunday’s New York Times, I was struck by the following sentence, “Ohler documents the persistent intertwining of anti-Semitic rhetoric with the Nazis’ war on drugs, the laws passed in 1933 that threatened addicts with imprisonment and sterilization, and the encouragement to neighbors and co-workers ...

Just Bring the Troops Home

One of the most amazing things about U.S. foreign policy is how so many American remain mired in the interventionist paradigm. Case in point: the Middle East. No matter how much a failure U.S. interventionism has been in that part of the world, people simply cannot bring themselves to break out of the interventionist box. They remain convinced that ...

A Strong Government Equals a Weak Nation

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

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

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?

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

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”

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

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

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 ...
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