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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 Do We Need a National-Security State?

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Given President Trump’s impulsive decision to suddenly send 5,200 armed U.S. soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent a few thousand women and children and others from seeking refugee status in the United States, which foreign citizens are entitled to do under U.S. law, a question naturally arises with respect to those troops: What were they doing before they ...

My Great Time in an Illegal-Immigrant Detention Center

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All the hoopla surrounding the caravan of Central Americans who are heading north to the United States to seek refugee status has brought back fond memories of one of the best experiences of my life — a Christmas show that I organized at the illegal-immigrant detention center in my hometown of Laredo, Texas. At that ...

The Saudis Will Get Away with Murder

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In my article “Don’t Be Surprised If Saudis Get Away with Murder,” I detailed the U.S. national-security state’s kidnapping and assassination of Gen. Rene Schneider in 1970. The point I made is that the power to assassinate comes with any nation whose government is founded on the concept of a national-security state. That includes the United States, where ...

Trump’s Brilliant Use of the Coin of the Realm

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In every welfare-warfare state, the people in charge are committed to maintaining their power and control over the lives, income, assets, and liberties of the citizenry. Yet, those in power know that it is not in the interests of people to have a large portion of their income and assets seized by the government. They ...

Why No Presumption of Innocence at Gitmo?

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During the Senate’s confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Trump emphasized the importance of the principle of the presumption of innocence. When people began accusing Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman of having orchestrated the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, Trump, referring back to Kavanaugh, chastised people for, once again, forgetting about the ...

Which Is It for You: Liberty or “Security”?

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Liberty is a scary thing. There is no doubt about it. Just think about what could happen if drugs were legalized today. That would mean that every single person in the United States could go on heroin and cocaine tomorrow. Surgeons, commercial airline pilots, schoolteachers, and bus and train operators. You can’t deny it: All ...

The Migrant Caravan and the Drug War

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The newest migrant caravan has conservatives, once again, in a real tizzy. Led by the leader of the conservative movement, President Trump, conservatives are absolutely convinced that another army of illegal immigrants is coming to get them (notwithstanding the fact that Trump’s troops are still on the border from the caravan scare last spring). Their fear appears to ...

The Benefit to Republicans in Losing the House

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If Republicans lose control over the U.S House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, they don’t have to be totally depressed. The reason? They will then be able, once again, to campaign in the 2020 elections on the promise that if control over the House is restored to the Republicans, they will be able to rein in the out-of-control ...

Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammad bin Salman

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I find it fascinating that President Trump is comparing the controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh to the controversy swirling around Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. I find it equally fascinating that the president’s supporters in the Kavanaugh controversy don’t seem to  be coming to the support of bin Salman as eagerly and readily as they did ...

Don’t Be Surprised If Saudis Get Away with Murder

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While many people are decrying the possibility that the Saudi regime orchestrated and carried out the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, they are limiting their analysis to whether the U.S. government should “punish” Saudi Arabia by cancelling weapons contracts and other related things. Unfortunately, they are not thinking at a higher level, one that would entail recognizing the role that ...

Open Borders and the Welfare State

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In my article “Death, Suffering, and an Immigration Police State,” I pointed out how conservatives who have come into the libertarian movement have brought some of their conservative baggage with them, including their position favoring a massive and intrusive system of government monitoring and control of the peaceful movements of people across international borders. I stated that since ...

Death, Suffering, and an Immigration Police State

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Ever since the libertarian movement began attracting conservatives, the movement has grown by leaps and bounds. Not surprisingly, some of these conservatives have come with baggage consisting of conservative positions that some of them have simply been unable to let go of. Rather than simply accept the fact that their conservative views are contrary to those of the movement ...