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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 Pentagon, CIA, and NSA Are in Charge

One of the most mystifying aspects of the Donald Trump presidency has been his caving in to the U.S. national-security establishment. Among the biggest expectations that people had for Trump was that he would be the first president since John F. Kennedy to stand up to the military, the CIA, and the NSA. There were even some hopes that ...

Tax-Debate Serfdom

While serfs on the plantation debate the income-tax bill that is being proposed in Congress, it is incumbent on us libertarians to continue reminding people that there is nothing about this debate that has anything to do with the restoration of a free society in America. The bill might or might not make life on the plantation better for ...

What Good Are Domestic Military Bases?

In an excellent 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times entitled “For U.S. Foreign Policy, It’s Time to Look Again at the Founding Fathers’ Great Rule’” (which I highly recommend reading), Texas A&M Professor Elizabeth Cobbs wrote: In 2013, for the first time since the Pew organization began polling Americans on the question five decades earlier, the majority (52%) ...

America’s Bargain with the Devil

As many Americans know, the National Archives ended up releasing only about 5 percent of the CIA’s JFK-assassination-related records, notwithstanding the fact that the JFK Records Act, which is the law, required the release of all of them. The CIA claims that the release of remaining JFK assassination records would threaten “national security,” but that claim is patently ridiculous, ...

A Basic Principle About the Minimum Wage

A state-mandated minimum wage causes unemployment. It’s just a basic principle of economics. In fact, the minimum wage is why there is a chronic unemployment rate among African American teenagers of around 30-40 percent. If the minimum wage is repealed, that unemployment rate drops close to 0 percent. Employers aim to make a profit. When they ...

JFK, the CIA, and Secrecy

Today marks the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who famously said, The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings… Isn’t that the ultimate of ironies, ...

A Basic Principle About Drug Laws

Drug laws bring into existence drug gangs. it’s just a basic principle of economics. If you like drug gangs and the violence that comes with them, then you should support drug laws. if you oppose drug gangs and their violence, you should oppose drug laws. When government enacts a drug law, the assumption is that everyone ...

A Basic Principle About Capital

Imagine a farm in an impoverished country, a farm where the workers are using hoes to do their work in the fields. The farm produces 1000 bushels of wheat a year, which is sold for $10,000. The farmer’s income statement reads as follows: Revenues $10,000 Less expenses:     Crop supplies $2,000

A Basic Principle About Trade

In every trade, both sides benefit, from their own individual perspective. The reason is simple: Each side is giving up something he values less for something he values more. That means, then, that trade, in and of itself, raises people’s standard of living. At the moment of the trade, both traders are better off than ...

A Positive Shift Among Americans on Foreign Policy

One of the burning issues of our time is the role of the U.S. government in foreign affairs: Should the United States embrace interventionism or non-interventionism? Should the U.S. government be destroying democratically elected regimes? Should it be installing into power right-wing dictatorships? Should it be partnering with and supporting brutal dictatorships? Should it be using U.S. taxpayer money to ...

The Extra-Legal Backstop for a Dangerous President

The military in Zimbabwe announced yesterday that it had arrested the country’s president, Robert Mugabe. While a military spokesman denied that a military takeover was underway, all signs indicate that he is lying. The president’s whereabouts are unknown, military checkpoints have been established on streets in the capital, tanks have been seen near the capital, and the military has ...

Wedding Cakes Have Nothing to Do With Free Speech

The New York Times recently carried an interesting article on the wedding-cake controversy that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. The article pointed out that prominent lawyers who specialize in First Amendment cases are “vexed” by the controversy. The facts of the case are simple: A Colorado bakeshop refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. ...
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