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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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Trump’s Dictatorial and Destructive Tariffs

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It’s amazing that it is still necessary to instruct U.S. presidents on the damage that tariffs do to people. You would think that by the time a person becomes a president of a country, he would be wise enough to know this. Why, even many progressives and conservatives have finally joined up with us libertarians in opposition to tariffs. The ...

Bettina Bien Greaves (1917-2018)

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In 1988, the flagship publication of The Foundation for Economic Education, The Freeman, published an essay of mine entitled, “Leonard Read Changed My Life.” It was the first article I had ever had published. By that time, I was working at FEE as program director. My office was just down the hall from the office of Bettina Bien Greaves, ...

Immigration Hypocrisy, Left and Right

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I don’t think there is any government program that reflects chronic hypocrisy more than immigration controls. Hypocrisy is the name of the game when it comes to immigration. Consider progressives, specifically their crocodile tears for the so-called Dreamers, the children of illegal immigrant parents who were brought here as youngsters and have lived here ever since. President Trump and his fellow ...

Keep It Shut Down!

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Last Friday, I predicted that Washington politicians would strike a last-minute deal to prevent a “shutdown” of the federal government. They failed to reach a deal and the federal government is now “shut down.” Okay, my prediction failed to materialize. But that’s not going to stop me from doing more predicting! Here’s my new prediction: They are going to strike a ...

Go Ahead and Shut Down the Government

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Despite all the tension, handwringing, and sleepless nights within official Washington and the mainstream press over the looming possibility that the federal government might be shut down, everyone can rest easy. The Democrats and the Republicans, including President Trump, are going to reach a deal that prevents the government from shutting down. How do I know this? Because every one ...

Why Trump Won’t Make America Great Again

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For those acolytes of Donald Trump who are still holding out hope that he is going to make America great again, give it up. It’s not going to happen. It was a pipedream from the get-go. The reason is very simple: A nation cannot ever be great when its government is all-powerful. The bigger and more powerful the government, the ...

Why Is the U.S. Spying on China?

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The federal government’s arrest of former CIA agent Jerry Chun Shing Lee for allegedly spying for China confirms, once again, that for the U.S. national-security branch of the federal government, the Cold War never ended. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that Lee is suspected of having revealed the existence to Chinese authorities of Chinese citizens who were ...

Watch Wormwood

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I’ve got a movie recommendation for you: Watch Wormwood, a fantastic Netflix original. Set aside time for binge watching because once you start, you will want to continue watching to the end. Combining a documentary format with depictions of events with actors, the series focuses on the CIA’s execution of Frank Olson, an American citizen who worked for the ...

The Racism and S***Hole Circus Misses the Point

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Amidst all the furor over whether Donald Trump is a racist and whether he did in fact describe Haiti and African countries as “s***holes,” the real point is one that hardly anyone wants to face, including Trump’s critics who continue to support immigration controls on Haiti and Africa to ensure that not too many of their citizens come to ...

The Banality of U.S. Evil

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U.S. officials, led by President Trump, and accompanied by their acolytes in the U.S. mainstream press, are absolutely giddy over what they perceive as the success of U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea. With Iran, they are celebrating the fact that horrific economic conditions have led to sporadic protests across the country against the Iranian regime. With North ...

Foreign Interventionism Is Destroying Us

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Most everyone acknowledges that James Madison, the father of the Constitution, possessed deep insights into the relationship between liberty and government. One of his important insights involved the relationship between liberty and war: Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is ...

The British Empire in Yemen

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Over the holidays, I began watching a Netflix/BBC series entitled The Last Post, which revolves around a contingent of British troops in the early 1960s stationed in Aden, a port city in Yemen, the Arabian country today that Saudi Arabia and the United States are bombing to smithereens. The British troops were there as a remnant of the British ...
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