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Jacob G. Hornberger Biography
Includes photo, biographical profile and links to his latest writings
"Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country ..."


Jacob Hornberger's Blog - The Future of Freedom Foundation
Posts from April 2003 to the present


In Search of a Word: Limited Government versus 'Anarchy', by Spencer H. MacCallum, The Voluntaryist, Oct 1996
Contrasts the positions of Hornberger, who endorses "limited government, with that of Baldy Harper, who preferred to hold "the ideal of a 'total alternative' to political government" as a guiding light towards a voluntary society
"Bumper Hornberger, once remarked in a letter to me that in early life he had called himself an 'anarchist' but that now he endorsed the concept of 'limited government.' He indicated he'd had many discussions leading to his change of mind, discussions that had pretty thoroughly covered the field, he felt, and now he wanted to put his attention elsewhere. I was puzzled but didn't pursue it, as Bumper hadn't invited me to and, in any case, I had no wish to divert his attention from the demands of the Future of Freedom Foundation which he and Richard Ebeling were just getting well launched."
The Great Writ Then and Now, by Wendy McElroy, The Freeman, Nov 2009
Chronicles the history of the writ of habeas corpus from the Magna Carta through the American Civil War to Guantanamo Bay and "enemy combatants"
"In his article "Habeas Corpus: The Lynchpin of Freedom," Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation explains how habeas corpus is the enforcement arm of all other rights. Using First Amendment guarantees of free speech as an example, he writes, "[H]ow is that provision enforced? Editors, critics, and protestors would be languishing in some military detention center. ... The president and the military would be in charge. ... The doors to the cells would remain locked. ... The prisoners would be prohibited from going to court to complain or to seek redress. That's where habeas corpus ... comes in.""
The schism organism: The Life of the Party, part three, by Thomas L. Knapp, Rational Review, 19 Feb 2003
Delves into ethical controversies within the Libertarian Party, describing in particular the tension between Jacob Hornberger and Jim Lark, and the effect this had on the former's candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat in Virginia in 2002
"For many years, Jacob G. 'Bumper' Hornberger has had a well-deserved reputation as one of the LP's most fiery and charismatic activists. Nobody speaks to audiences of all kinds like Bumper can. Few organizations publicize the libertarian perspective via op-ed pieces as effectively as his Future of Freedom Foundation. And Hornberger has also enjoyed a reputation as the LP's internal ethics watchdog, playing an important role in bringing to light ... the 'Willis Affair.' Unfortunately, at some point, Hornberger fell into a habit of making accusations ... that were simply unsupported by the facts ..."
Related Topic: Libertarian Party


A Democratic Dictatorship, Future of Freedom, May 2006
Posits that "ever since 9/11 Americans have been living under dictatorial rule", examining the justifications given by Bush for exercising dictatorial powers
"Amidst all the discussion and debate about whether President Bush has violated the law by ordering the National Security Agency (NSA) to record telephone conversations, we must not overlook an important fact: the United States is now traveling in uncharted waters, ones in which the ruler of the nation is exercising omnipotent power over the American people. ... Time will tell whether that love of liberty is still a powerful force within the hearts and minds of the American people — sufficiently powerful to overcome the fear and quest for 'security' that currently hold people in their grip ..."
A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 1, Future of Freedom, May 1999
Related Topic: Cuba
A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jul 1999
Related Topic: Cuba
A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 3, Future of Freedom, Aug 1999
Related Topic: Cuba
A Libertarian Visits Mexico, Future of Freedom, Nov 1998
Related Topic: Mexico
A Libertarian Visits South America, Future of Freedom, Mar 1999
Relates Hornberger's trip to visit the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais in Brazil and the Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre in Argentina
"Last fall, I was invited to South America by two free-market think tanks — the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais (IEE — Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre (Atlas Foundation for a Free Society) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I thought the readers of Freedom Daily might find my experiences interesting."
An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Guatemala, 11 Feb 2005
"... in 1954 the CIA secretly organized and engineered a military coup in Guatemala that ousted the democratically elected Arbenz from power. ... the four decades of brutal, torturous, U.S.-government-supported military rule ... precipitated a civil war in Guatemala that would ... take the lives of more than 200,000 Guatemalan people."
Related Topic: Guatemala
An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Iran, 31 Jan 2005
"The 1953 CIA coup in Iran was named 'Operation Ajax' ... For years, the U.S. government, including the CIA, kept what it had done in Iran secret from the American people and the world ... in March 2000 ... the U.S. government finally acknowledged what it had done to the Iranian people ..."
Related Topic: Iran
Anti-Life Ethics in Iraq, 15 Dec 2006
"One wonders whether ... [Weigel's] opinion on the war would be different if the number of American deaths matched the number of Iraqi deaths. ... Under what moral or ethical authority does one nation impose involuntary regime change on another nation, especially when it will entail innocent people's deaths in the process?"
Related Topic: Ethics
But Foreign Aid Is Bribery! And Blackmail, Extortion, and Theft Too!, 26 Sep 2003
Related Topic: Foreign Entanglements
Classical Liberalism in Argentina: A Lesson for the World, Future of Freedom, Jul 1994
Recounts highlights of Argentine history from the 1810 revolution to the late 20th century, arguing that the period from the ouster of Rosas in 1852 to the military coup of 1930 demonstrated the validity of Adam Smith's writings
"In 1852, [a brutal tyrant by the name of Juan Manuel de Rosas] was overthrown and forced into exile. The outcome was one of the most unusual periods in the history of man. Nothing like it appears anywhere else in all of Latin American history. The period from 1850 to 1930 in Argentine history is a model — a beacon shining through the darkness of history — a confirmation that what Adam Smith had discovered was true."
Decimating the Constitution with Military Tribunals, 27 Sep 2006
"Contrary to popular opinion, it does not mean that people should obey the law. What it means is that people should have to answer only to a well-defined, previously enacted criminal law for their conduct, not to the discretion or arbitrary judgments of government officials."
Related Topic: Rule of Law
Does John Ashcroft Understand the Constitution?, 22 Oct 2004
"By according suspected terrorists the rights of habeas corpus, right to counsel, and due process of law, the [Supreme] Court ... was ... enforcing centuries-old procedural guarantees in the administration of justice that our ancestors had the wisdom and foresight to enumerate in the Constitution."
Do Hadithans Hate Us for Our Freedoms?, 2 Jun 2006
"... defenders of the president's war ... are suggesting that the killing of 24 defenseless civilians in Haditha ... were committed by only a few U.S. soldiers ... Who honestly believes that the friends and family members ... of those who were killed and maimed in Haditha ... are likely to say, 'We hate America ... because of America's First Amendment and rock and roll'?"
Do Our Rights Come from the Constitution?, Future of Freedom, Jun 1999
Dispels the myth of "constitutional rights"
"It is commonly believed that the rights of the American people come from the Constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth. ... The Declaration emphasizes that men have been endowed with certain fundamental and inherent rights that preexist government. In other words, man's rights don't come from the king or from any other government official."
Eisenhower Was Right, 16 Feb 2004
Related Topic: Standing Armies
Fourth Circuit Moussaoui Ruling Is a Loss for the Constitution, 30 Apr 2004
Related Topic: Right to Trial by Jury
Freedom of Education, Mar 1993
Recounts a potential discussion between an advocate of religious freedom and a proponent of an imagined system of public, i.e., government-sponsored, churches
"Advocate of Religious Freedom: ... I believe that we should repeal all compulsory-attendance laws and church taxes and then sell the public churches to the highest bidder at public auction. Parents should have the freedom and responsibility for rearing their children.
Advocate of Public Churching: Are you crazy? Do you hate religion?"
Related Topic: Educational Freedom
Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 1, Apr 1994
Related Topic: Personal Responsibility
Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 2, May 1994
Related Topic: Personal Responsibility
Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 3, Jun 1994
Related Topic: Personal Responsibility
Free Mark Cuban and Abolish the SEC, 19 Nov 2008
Reviews the SEC insider trading case and recommends repeal of such laws
"So far, Cuban, a devotee of Ayn Rand, is not playing the role that the feds expect American businessmen to play. He's not confessing, expressing remorse, calling himself a bad person, seeking forgiveness, and offering to rat out other people. Instead, he's telling it like it is, pointing out that the SEC is 'infected by the misconduct of the staff of its enforcement division.'"
Habeas Corpus: The Lynchpin of Freedom, 11 Oct 2006
"The writ of habeas corpus is actually the lynchpin of a free society. Take away this great writ and all other rights — such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, gun ownership, due process, trial by jury, and protection from unreasonable searches and seizures and cruel and unusual punishments — become meaningless."
Related Topic: Writ of Habeas Corpus
Hard Cases Make Bad Law, 23 Mar 2005
"... if one of the litigants had filed his suit in federal court ... the federal judge would have dismissed the case for lack of jurisdiction ... This is an example of the 'rule of law' — where a judge follows the law rather than deciding on his own to let the case proceed out of sympathy for one of the parties."
Related Topic: Rule of Law
Hitler's Mutual Admiration Society, 29 Oct 2003
Related Topic: Germany
Killing Iraqi Children, 19 Jun 2006
Comments on a Detroit News editorial condoning the bombing, rather than the arrest and prosecution, of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the "collateral" death of a five-year old girl
"Moreover, what people often forget is that the United States is no longer at war in Iraq. This is an occupation, not a war. The war ended when Saddam Hussein's government fell. At that point, U.S. forces could have exited the country. (Or they could have exited the country when it became obvious that Saddam's infamous WMDs were nonexistent.) ... Occupying Iraq, like invading Iraq, was an optional course of action."
Lessons about Our Constitution from Abu Ghraib, 26 May 2004
Argues the need for a Constitution and a Bill of Rights to attempt to prevent abuses such as happened in Iraq
"Given that we now know how U.S. officials rule a country when they have omnipotent powers, without any constitutional restraints or guaranteed rights for the people, we should be thanking our lucky stars for the wisdom, courage, and foresight of the Framers and our ancestors."
Libertarianism Is the Key to Our Future, Future of Freedom, Jul 2006
Examines three reasons (freedom, morality and pragmatism) that suggest that Americans will eventually return to their libertarian heritage
"Libertarianism, not socialism or interventionism, is the cornerstone of our nation's heritage of freedom. Libertarianism succeeds in producing rising standards of living, nurtures voluntary charity, and promotes harmonies among people. It is a philosophy grounded in the moral foundations of freedom. Libertarianism is the key to the future of our nation."
Milton Friedman, R.I.P., 17 Nov 2006
In memoriam, relates three personal interactions with Friedman
"At an evening outdoor barbecue, I just happened to bump into Friedman and introduced myself. He spent the next 20 minutes or so talking with me as if he and I were equals. In fact, if I hadn't known differently, I would have never known he was a Nobel Prize winning economist or even that he was a major intellectual force in the world of economics. He displayed absolutely no pretentiousness whatsoever ..."
Related Topic: Milton Friedman
Monopoly, Competition, and Educational Freedom, Mar 2000
Reviews monopolies and competition in the religious, postal delivery and educational realms and a speech by Gary Becker on competition in religion and education
"What effect do government licensure requirements have on freedom to enter the private-education market? In the interests of competition, wouldn't the repeal of educational licensure laws be preferable to such reforms as charter schools and vouchers? After all, wouldn't repeal of educational licensure increase competition in the supplying of education as well as reduce (rather than expand) governmental control over education?"
Related Topic: Educational Freedom
Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Dec 1998
Related Topics: Mexico, Texas
Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jan 1999
Related Topics: Mexico, Texas
Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 3, Future of Freedom, Feb 1999
Related Topic: Mexico
Pentagon Learns About the Sixth Amendment, 30 Jul 2004
"Why did the Framers consider assistance of counsel sufficiently important to include it in the Bill of Rights? The Supreme Court explained in the 1938 case of Johnson v. Zerbst, '[The assistance of counsel] is one of the safeguards of the Sixth Amendment deemed necessary to insure fundamental human rights of life and liberty."
Related Topic: Right to Trial by Jury
Price Controls Are No Answer to Isabel, 19 Sep 2003
Related Topic: Prices
Reform Social Security ... or Repeal It?, Future of Freedom, Jul 2000
"What would happen if Social Security were repealed? Many retired people would get along fine because they don't need the money. ... For the first 150 years ... the American people rejected Social Security ... believing that individuals should be free to make their own choices in life and having faith that most people care about others."
Related Topic: Social Security Tax
Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Jan 2004
Related Topic: Iraq
Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Feb 2004
Related Topic: Iraq
Shssh! Don't Tell Americans How We Treat "Enemy Combatants", 21 Mar 2007
"Reality is the power to subject American and foreign 'enemy combatants' to extreme isolation and sensory deprivation over long periods of time. ... power to subject 'enemy combatants' to waterboarding and similar forms of 'alternative-interrogation techniques.' ... power to inject substances into 'enemy combatants.'"
Terrorism Comes with Empire, 8 Jul 2005
Reflects on the 7 July 2005 London bombings (and 1993 and 2001 attacks in New York and the Pentagon) and why England and the U.S. were the targets rather than Switzerland
"For those who want lives of freedom, normality, peace, prosperity, and harmony, there is but one solution: Dismantle the empire; bring the troops home and discharge them into the private sector; stop meddling in the affairs of other nations; stop trying to dominate and control the world; stop going abroad in search of monsters to destroy; stop trying to be the world's policeman."
Thank You ... for a Free Market, 30 Jun 2006
Explains why so often both parties to a commercial transaction express gratitude toward the other
"The [subjective theory of value] is based on the following principle: In every economic exchange, each side gains because each side gives up something he values less for something he values more. ... An important corollary ... is that people's standard of living rises through the simple act of exchange. ... Thus, it stands to reason that the wider the ambit of opportunities to enter into economic exchanges with others, the easier it is for people to raise their standard of living."
Related Topics: Free Market, Labor
The Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism, Future of Freedom, Sep 2004
"... what is relevant ... today is the mindset that underlay the passage of that amendment — ... deep antipathy toward militarism and standing armies. ... on the minds of our ancestors was the primary means by which governments had historically subjected their people to tyranny — through the use of the government's military forces."
The Bill of Rights: Due Process of Law, Future of Freedom, Nov 2004
"... history and experience had shown that when government ... was vested with the unlimited power to arrest, incarcerate, and punish violent offenders, always and inevitably such power had been misused against the innocent, especially those who dared to criticize or challenge government policies or practices."
Related Topic: Due Process of Law
The Bill of Rights: Eminent Domain, Future of Freedom, Dec 2004
"The original purpose of eminent domain was to enable government officials to acquire property to establish places from which to run the government ... for example, courthouses. ... the due-process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates the Bill of Rights and thus applies the restrictions of the Fifth Amendment to the states."
The Bill of Rights: Freedom of Speech, Future of Freedom, Jul 2004
Part of a series examining the Bill of Rights, this covers the freedom of speech clause as a barrier to censorship by government
"The most important principle involved in free speech is this: The true test of a free society in terms of freedom of speech is not whether popular and 'responsible' speech is protected from government assault but instead whether the most vile and despicable speech receives such protection."
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech
The Bill of Rights: Reserved Powers, Future of Freedom, May 2005
"This system of federal and state powers is known as 'federalism.' By dividing power in that way, the idea was to keep the central government weak and keep political power closer to the people. Compare that to a country that has one central, national government, which is responsible for governing the entire nation."
The Bill of Rights: Searches and Seizures, Future of Freedom, Oct 2004
Discusses general warrants (and the British case of Entick v Carrington) and writs of assistance in colonial America as precedents for the framing of the Fourth Amendment and the latter's imporance in the present
"The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is rooted in the horrific government abuses arising from 'general warrants' in English history and 'writs of assistance' in British colonial history in America. ... throughout history there have been those for whom liberty is their highest value, which has motivated them to impose and maintain constraints on government power. The Fourth Amendment, which safeguards our homes and businesses from tyrannical power, stands as a living testament to the fact that the lovers of liberty can prevail over the supporters of tyranny."
The Bill of Rights: The Rights of the Accused, Future of Freedom, Feb 2005
"... the right to a speedy trial is to ensure that a federal prosecutorial hammer is not held over someone's head for an indefinite period of time and to prevent indefinite detentions of people accused of crimes. ... a public trial is to ensure that government prosecutorial actions are exposed to public view, so as to discourage abuses of prosecutorial power."
Related Topic: Right to Trial by Jury
The Bill of Rights: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Future of Freedom, Aug 2004
"The Second Amendment is the American people's ultimate insurance policy against tyranny because government officials know that guns in the hands of the people provide the only practical means by which to resist tyranny ... that a disarmed society almost always becomes an obedient society in the face of omnipotent, tyrannical government."
The Bill of Rights: Trial by Jury, Future of Freedom, Jan 2005
"Trial by jury is one of the essential prerequisites of a free society. ... it is one of the ultimate safeguards against tyranny and oppression. ... Jury tampering to secure a particular result is much more difficult to accomplish, especially since the composition of the jury is unknown until the time of trial."
Related Topic: Right to Trial by Jury
The Bill of Rights: Unenumerated Rights, Future of Freedom, Apr 2005
"A common misconception among the American people is that their rights come from the Constitution. Even lawyers and judges are guilty of believing this, oftentimes suggesting that whether a right exists or not depends on whether it is listed in the Constitution. ... Nothing could be further from the truth. ..."
The Constitution and the Rule of Law, Aug 1992
The Critical Dilemma Facing Pro-War Libertarians, 14 Feb 2007
Discusses the contradictions faced by U.S. libertarians and conservatives who endorsed or encouraged imperial and interventionist foreign policies
"... libertarians hewed to a consistent philosophy — one that did not cause the libertarian to war against himself through a commitment to contradictory principles. Genuinely believing in a free society — a society based on free markets, private property, and limited government — libertarians have always favored the repeal, not the reform, of such socialist and interventionist programs as public (i.e., government) schooling, Medicare, Medicaid, income taxation, the drug war, and economic regulations."
The Endless War on Terrorism, 1 Sep 2004
Reflects on President George W. Bush response ("I don't think we can win it") when asked about the War on Terror
"It feels good when a public official, especially the president of the United States, speaks the truth, which is what happened on Monday when President George W. Bush uttered words that The Future of Freedom Foundation has been publishing ever since 9/11 — 'I don't think you can win [the war on terror].' ... Unfortunately, while speaking a partial truth, President Bush failed to tell the whole truth — that by altering U.S. foreign policy to prevent meddling, intervention, and killing ..., the war on terrorism ... would come to an end for the simple reason that foreigners would no longer be suffering the deep anger ..."
The Federal War on Gold, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Aug 2006
Discusses some of the provisos in the U.S. constitution regarding coinage and the issuance of paper money
"One, the gold standard eliminated the power of federal officials to do what governments had historically done to their citizenry — plunder and loot the people through the issuance of depreciating paper money. Two, the gold standard had an enormously positive effect on capital markets, which was one of the major contributing factors for the tremendous economic expansion and prosperity that characterized the United States through most of the 19th and early 20th centuries."
The Federal War on Gold, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Sep 2006
Continues with the brief monetary history of the United States, discussing Abraham Lincoln's war loans and legal tender law, and the Supreme Court cases of Hepburn v. Griswold and Knox v. Lee
"Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt revolutionized the monetary system of the United States and set the nation on the road of inflationary plunder that has characterized other nations in history. ... With Knox v. Lee the seeds were sown for a monetary revolution in American life ... The revolution began with Lincoln. But it would culminate in one of most massive assaults on private property in U.S. history — President Franklin Roosevelt's nullification of gold clauses in contracts and his confiscation of gold from the American people."
The Federal War on Gold, Part 3, Future of Freedom, Oct 2006
Describes Franklin Roosevelt's executive order confiscating gold and nullifying gold clauses in contracts, its constitutional ramifications and subsequent related history
"Keep in mind that the Framers had implemented a gold standard so that the American people would be forever protected from the destructiveness of inflation. It was the gold standard — that is, the requirement that the federal government redeem all its paper notes and bills in gold — that had operated as a restraint on government's ability to print ever-increasing amounts of paper money. The gold standard's positive effect on capital markets was also one of the primary reasons that the United States rather quickly became one of the most prosperous nations in history."
The Legacy of Leonard E. Read, Future of Freedom, Sep 1991
Reflects on the influence of Read on the author and other "freedom devotees", recounting two illuminating examples of Read's "deep dedication to integrity and principle"
"Few people have had a bigger impact on my life than Leonard E. Read, the founder of The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York. I shall never forget the day I discovered a set of books entitled Essays on Liberty which were published by FEE long ago and which included many essays by Read. My life has not been the same since! ... While it remains important to continue planting seeds of liberty for future generations, it is also incumbent on us freedom devotees living today to pick the ripening fruit off the vine. What greater tribute could we pay to Read and his associates than to achieve freedom in our lifetime?"
The Pentagon's Power to Arrest, Torture, and Execute Americans, 28 Feb 2007
"The president and the Pentagon now wield the omnipotent power to arrest, torture, and execute any American they label an 'enemy combatant.' It is impossible to overstate the significance of this power. It has totally upended the relationship of the military and civilian in the United States. ... Historically, the U.S. military has lacked the power to arrest, incarcerate, or inflict harm on American civilians."
The Repeal of Social Security, Future of Freedom, Nov 1995
"... the proponents of control, central planning, and socialism ... can never overcome one basic moral principle: Stealing is stealing, regardless of the label placed upon it. ... the advocate of liberty must not assist the advocate of socialism with "free-market proposals" to save socialism."
Related Topic: Social Security Tax
The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 1, Aug 1990
Related Topic: Private Property
The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 2, Jan 1991
Related Topic: Private Property
The Soviet-Style Attack on NORFED, 21 Nov 2007
Discusses the federal raid on NORFED (National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal Revenue Code) and the differences between a criminal search warrant and temporary injuctions used in civil proceedings
"In a civilized country based on the rule of law, people cannot have their lives, liberty, and property taken away from them without notice, hearing, opportunity to be heard, and other fundamental aspects of procedural due process. Unfortunately, in the post-9/11 world in which we now live, anything goes as far as federal power is concerned."
Related Topic: Due Process of Law
The Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms, 21 Oct 2005
"... as a practical matter the troops serve ... simply as a loyal and obedient personal army of the president, ready and prepared to serve him and obey his commands. ... ready to obey the president's orders to deploy to any country in the world ... to take into custody any American whom the commander in chief deems a 'terrorist' ..."
Related Topic: Standing Armies
The Ultimate Tax Cut, Future of Freedom, Dec 2007
Explains how tax cuts promised by political candidates are fraudulent, since the government expenditures still have to be paid somehow, either by taxation or monetary inflation
"I had envisioned the government as just being part of a huge collection of enterprises, producing its own wealth and deciding what to do with it. ... then I discovered that the federal government acquired its money differently than everyone else. Its money comes from taxes, which are forcible exactions imposed on people. That is obviously very different from how people in the private sector get their money."
Related Topics: Government, Inflation, Taxation
The "Value" of Public Schooling, Future of Freedom, Nov 2006
Examines public schooling, first comparing it to military boot camp and the draft and then discussing indoctrination
"There are two major values of public schooling, from the perspective of government officials. One, ... the means by which government officials can slowly but surely ... mold the mindsets of children into one of conformity and obedience to authority. Second, public schooling enables government officials to fill children's minds with officially approved political, historical, and economic doctrine."
They Deserved to Lose, 8 Nov 2006
"... the Republicans ... should be ashamed of themselves because they have greatly shamed and damaged our country. ... while they love to preach the concept of individual responsibility to others, never ever do they apply the concept to themselves. ... Republicans continue to wrap themselves in libertarian limited-government rhetoric. It is hypocrisy like that makes the Republican loss a deserving one."
They Lied About the Reasons for Going to War, 23 Oct 2006
"Now ask yourself: If a foreign nation was really about to attack the United States, especially with WMDs, would any president spend any time whatever going to the UN to seek permission to attack that nation first or spend time to round up a group of countries to participate in a 'coalition of the willing'?"
Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)
Trapped in Lies and Delusions, 20 Nov 2006
"Let's not forget that this is Bush's and Cheney's war and occupation. It was they who chose not to go to Congress for the constitutionally required declaration of war, no doubt convinced that some sharp members of Congress would challenge their WMD justification for attacking Iraq."
Related Topic: Iraq War (2003)
Up from Serfdom, 9 Apr 2010
Response to criticism by David Boaz on "Up From Slavery" to Hornberger's "Liberal Delusions about Freedom"
"Let's consider, say, the year 1880. Here was a society in which people were free to keep everything they earned, because there was no income tax. They were also free to decide what to do with their own money—spend it, save it, invest it, donate it, or whatever. People were generally free to engage in occupations and professions without a license or permit. There were few federal economic regulations and regulatory agencies. ... Notwithstanding slavery and other violations of liberty, our American ancestors brought into existence the freest society in history."
U.S. Hypocrisy in Cuba, 26 May 2006
Comments on a billboard stating "In a free country you don’t need permission to leave the country. Is Cuba a free country?", posted by the U.S. Special Interest Section in Havana
"... every U.S. official — and especially those working in Cuba — knows that if a Cuban leaves his country to come to the United States, U.S. officials will attack the immigrant on the high seas and, in cooperation with Castro's gendarmes, forcibly repatriate him (or her) to Cuban communist tyranny. In other words, while Cubans need permission to leave Cuba, they also need permission from U.S. officials to enter the United States, and if they don't secure such permission U.S. officials forcibly return them to Cuba."
Related Topics: Cuba, Socialism, United States
U.S. Regime Change, Torture, and Murder in Chile, 24 Nov 2004
Discusses the unwelcome reception given to George W. Bush on a visit to Chile and various reasons for Chilean animosity towards the U.S. government, contrasting it with general opinion about these matters in the U.S. and the inaction in Congress
"President Bush's recent trip to South America provides a valuable foreign-policy lesson for Americans. The president was greeted in Santiago, Chile, by some 30,000 angry demonstrators. But it was not only Bush's invasion and war of aggression against Iraq that Chileans were angry about. ... Come to think of it, the 'We're here to support you and not ask questions' attitude of Congress toward ... the U.S. government's 'war on terrorism' is no different than it was when the U.S. government was 'regime changing' and participating in the murder of an American journalist during the dark days of Chile's 'war on terrorism.'"
Related Topics: George W. Bush, Chile, Terrorism
Warfare-Welfare in Yugoslavia, Future of Freedom, Jun 1999
Related Topic: Serbia
Why No Indictment for Bernard Kerik?, 15 Dec 2004
"... the 'rule of law' ... means ... that a free society entails everyone's having to answer only to a law that has been duly enacted and is clearly on the books, as compared with a society based on the 'rule of men,' where people are expected to respond to the arbitrary and capricious dictates of government officials."
Related Topic: Rule of Law
Why Not a Free Market in Education?, 25 Mar 2005
Discusses an op-ed by Bill Gates arguing for reforms in the public schools
"At a local level, public schooling consists of a government board of successful politicians. That should make anyone suspicious. The board plans the educational decisions of thousands of children in a top-down, command-and-control process. ... I challenge anyone to come up with a better example of socialism than that."
Related Topic: Educational Freedom
Would You "Support the Troops" in Bolivia?, 27 Dec 2006
Discusses U.S. military contracts and the hypothetical case of a soldier objecting to being deployed for an invasion of Bolivia on orders from the President, contrasting it to the real scenario of the 2003 invasion of Iraq
"For example, let's say that President Bush orders U.S. troops to invade and occupy Bolivia. ... Thus, by invading Bolivia, the president would argue, the troops would be helping bring freedom and stability to Latin America and also be protecting the United States from the threat of communism. ... The American people would be infected with war fever. ... The FBI would monitor anti-war protests for threats to national security from socialists, communists, and terrorists."
Related Topics: Standing Armies, Ethics, Militarism, War
Yahoo! We Have Free Speech, 1 Mar 2001
Discusses a French court's order to Yahoo to stop selling Nazi memorabilia and contrasts attitudes regarding freedom of speech
"The true test of a free society is not whether people are free to publish respected, popular, and approved materials. The true test of freedom is whether people are free to publish vile, despicable, and contemptible items. A good example of an unfree society was Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. In Nazi Germany, the state had the power to determine which items could be published and to criminalize the publication of unacceptable materials. If a person published prohibited items, punishment was often severe."
Related Topic: Freedom of Speech


Jacob Hornberger Interview, by Jacob Hornberger, Scott Horton, The Scott Horton Show
Three audio interviews: 13 Nov 2004, 12 Mar 2005 and 6 Aug 2005
Libertarian Outlaw: An Interview With Jacob Hornberger, by Jacob Hornberger, Karen De Coster, 16 Nov 2000

Books Authored

The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration
    by Richard Ebeling (Editor), Jacob Hornberger (Editor), The Future of Freedom Foundation, 1995
Collection of essays by Ebeling, Hornberger, Samuel Bostaph, Jim Bovard, W.M. Curtiss, Bettina Bien Greaves, William M. Law, Ludwig von Mises, Leonard Read, Lawrence W. Reed, Gregory F. Rehmke, Sheldon Richman and Ron K. Unz
Related Topic: Free Trade
The Dangers of Socialized Medicine
    by Richard Ebeling (Editor), Jacob Hornberger (Editor), The Future of Freedom Foundation, 1994
Collection of essays by Ebeling, Hornberger, Dominick T. Armentano, Williamson M. Evers, Milton Friedman, Lawrence W. Reed, Sheldon Richman, David B. Rivkin Jr., Thomas S. Szasz, Lawrence D. Wilson and Jarret B. Wollstein
Related Topic: Health Care
The Failure of America's Foreign Wars
    by Richard Ebeling (Editor), Jacob Hornberger (Editor), The Future of Freedom Foundation, 1996
Collection of essays by Ebeling, Hornberger, Doug Bandow, Robert Higgs, Simon Jenkins, James Madison, Ralph Raico, Sheldon Richman, Wesley Allen Riddle, Joseph Sobran, Herbert Spencer, William Graham Sumner and Daniel Webster
Related Topic: War
The Tyranny of Gun Control
    by Richard Ebeling (Editor, contributor), Jacob Hornberger (Editor, contributor), The Future of Freedom Foundation, 1997
Shows why gun control poses a threat to liberty; a collection of essays by Ebeling, Hornberger, James Bovard, Richard J. Davis, John L. Egolf Jr., Benedict D. LaRosa, Sheldon Richman and Jarret Wollstein


Leonard Liggio on the Rise of the Modern American Libertarian Movement, by Jacob Hornberger, Leonard Liggio, 9 Mar 1995
Talk given at Vienna Coffee Club (Future of Freedom Foundation). Liggio starts off with the New Deal and covers many events and individuals both at the core and the periphery of the modern libertarian movement