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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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Foreign Policy Blowback in Germany

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Ever since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one of the things that has fascinated me most is the response of the mainstream media. Supporting the retaliatory invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, ever-increasing budgets for the national-security establishment, and constantly expanding infringements on civil liberties and privacy, mainstream reporters, commentators, and pundits have steadfastly resisted focusing on the root ...

Cold War II and the National Security State

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The CIA and its mainstream media acolytes continue to blame Democratic Party Hillary Clinton’s electoral loss on the Russians and, specifically, on supposed hacking by Russia of computers belonging to Clinton and Democratic Party officials. But even if the CIA allegations were true, what all these people are missing is that the election result would ...

The Collectivist Mindset in an Age of Empire

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An article in the New York Times criticizing Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. secretary of state, sums up perfectly the collectivist mindset in our time, in the era of empire. Tillerson is the chief executive of Exxon Mobil and, therefore, doesn’t fit the mold of the standard political or bureaucratic hack ...

Russia: The Old-New Official Enemy

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It is impossible to overstate the stakes involved in the latest controversy over Russia. They involve trillions of dollars in warfare largess to the tens of thousands of bureaucratic warfare-state parasites who are sucking the lifeblood out of the American people. Ever since the advent of the U.S. national-security state after World War II, America has needed official enemies, especially ...

In October 2017, Will the CIA Regret Its Fight with Trump?

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The fight between President-Elect Trump and the CIA over Russia’s alleged interference with the U.S. presidential election could have a major impact on what is set to happen in October 2017. That is the month when thousands of the CIA’s super-secret records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy are set to be finally released to the public, after ...

Don’t Forget JFK’s Fight with the CIA

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Weighing in against President-Elect Donald Trump in his disagreement with the CIA over alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, the Wall Street Journal’s Shane Harris writes, “Donald Trump has picked a fight with the Central Intelligence Agency over Russian hacking of American elections, an unprecedented move for an incoming president.” (Emphasis added.) The likely reason that Harris employed ...

Karma Over Russia?

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Not surprisingly, the mainstream media is aghast that President-elect Donald Trump is not automatically deferring to the CIA and its pronouncement that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election with the intent of helping Trump defeat his Democratic Party opponent Hillary Clinton.  Never mind that the CIA has provided no evidence to support its claims. In ...

The Coming Economic Fascism

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The recent efforts by President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence against Carrier Corp. provide us with a signpost of the economic fascism that lies ahead after both men take office. Whatever might be said about economic fascism, one thing is for sure: it is contrary to the principles of economic liberty, private property, the free market, ...

The Horrific Consequences of U.S. Interventionism

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Two seemingly unrelated stories in the New York Times yesterday serve as potent reminders of the deadly and disastrous consequences of U.S. interventionism in the Middle East. The stories involve Iran and Libya. Referring to Donald Trump’s campaign vow to tear up the nuclear agreement entered into last year between the United States and Iran, Iran’s president, Hassan ...

FDR’s Pearl Harbor Bait

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On October 30, 1940, during his campaign for an unprecedented third term as president, Franklin Roosevelt told an audience in Boston, And while I am talking to you mothers and fathers, I give you one more assurance. I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent ...

The Walking Dead and America’s Income-Tax Slavery

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Sometimes popular culture is able to deliver political commentary more effectively than editorials, op-eds, and articles. A great example is a current theme running through the popular cable television series The Walking Dead, which is about a zombie apocalypse. We are all familiar with the standard concept of slavery. When we hear the term, we naturally ...

The Cuban Embargo Destroyed Americans’ Freedom

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Amidst increasing speculation that President-elect Trump is going to reverse the Obama administration’s attempts to normalize relations with Cuba, this would be a good time for Americans to start pushing back against any further destruction of their rights and liberties at the hands of their own government. A good place to start pushing back is by standing firm in ...
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