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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 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 ...

Trump, the CIA, and Those Still Secret JFK Records

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This Thursday, March 16, at 1 p.m., the Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA), an organization whose mission is to secure release of all JFK-assassination-related records, is hosting a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that will feature U.S. District Judge John Tunheim and other speakers. The purpose of the conference is to draw attention ...

Bionic Mosquito’s Immigration Strawman

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The Bionic Mosquito has an article today that takes libertarian Sheldon Richman to task for what Bionic says is a strawman, one that, he says, Richman has constructed with respect to the concept of culture. In the process, Bionic defends the concept of private property by implying that the libertarian position favoring open borders violates the principle of private ...

The Lynching of Lynne Stewart (1939-2017)

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Convicted felon Lynne Stewart passed away on Tuesday. She was a noted criminal defense attorney in New York City who federal officials prosecuted, convicted, and punished for supporting terrorism. It was a bogus charge, one that perfectly reflects the extent to which the U.S. national-national security state has warped the mindsets, principles, and values of people within the federal government ...

Blame the Pentagon and CIA for Trump’s Immigration Ban

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President Trump tells us that his newly modified travel ban, just his original travel ban, is intended to keep us safe. Safe from whom? From the terrorists. Or, if you wish, the Muslims, or the “radicalized Muslims.” But the important question must still be asked: Why is it that terrorists, Muslims, or “radicalized Muslims” wish to commit acts of terrorism against the ...

Growing Opposition to Minimum Wage Hikes

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The Washington Times has published a fascinating and insightful story about growing opposition to hikes in the minimum wage in various parts of the country. The opposition is based not so much on the principles of liberty as a practical reason: the increase is causing businesses to lay off people. According to the article, which is entitled “Minimum Wage ...

Immigration Is Not Citizenship

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I recently met a Dutch woman who has lived here in the United States for around 40 years. She told me that when she was 14 years old, she told her parents that her dream was to move to the United States. I asked her why and she said the reason was because she decided that there would be ...

Donald Trump, Social Engineer

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At his daughter Ivanka’s urging, President Trump is showing us his liberal or progressive side by urging Congress to enact tax-code legislation relating to childcare and paid leave. Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone given that conservatives have, one, long supported other liberal programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, and, two, have long supported the income-tax ...

Donald Trump, Standard Conservative

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In the second month of Donald Trump’s presidency, it is crystal clear that he is nothing more than a standard conservative, one with a unique personality but a standard conservative nonetheless. Consider the drug war. After decades of manifest failure, death, destructiveness, and loss of liberty among the American people, what does Trump want to do ...
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