President of the Future of Freedom Foundation

Born

1 Jan 1950, Jacob George Hornberger, in Laredo, Texas

Associations

The Future of Freedom Foundation, Founder, President

Web Pages

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 ..."

Blog

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

Articles

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

Writings

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
Reviews Cuban history from their independence war, through the Batista regime, the Castro revolution, the Bay of Pigs invasion and more current events, leading up to a week's visit to Cuba to study their socialist system
"Last March, I spent a week in Cuba, which turned out to be one of my most fascinating experiences. I had applied for a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury to travel to Cuba to conduct an informal study of the country's socialist economic system ... When I arrived in Cuba, tension was in the air ... My visit to Cuba, however, revealed that if the Cuban authorities persist in jailing people on the street for criticizing Cuban socialism, they just might have to come up with a five-year plan for prison expansion."
A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jul 1999
Describes the meetings Hornberger had while conducting an informal study of socialism in Cuba, with "hard-liners" and reformers at research centers as well as people on the street
"My trip to Cuba last spring entailed talking primarily to two groups of people — those in research centers at the University of Havana and people whom I encountered in daily life in Cuba. The meetings with the research centers were arranged by the Cuban Interest Section ... While everyone in the research centers I visited was friendly and courteous to me, it was always apparent that they chose their words very carefully ... It was different out on the streets. Relating and interacting with the Cuban people ... turned out to be easy for me, and the result was a candor about their country from many of them ..."
A Libertarian Visits Cuba, Part 3, Future of Freedom, Aug 1999
Describes how, when asked to explain libertarianism, Hornberger highlighted American socialist programs, challenged by libertarians but similar to those in Cuba, and then various conversations he had with ordinary Cubans
"Even though I knew that it is a serious criminal offense to criticize Cuban socialism, I was determined to deliver a presentation of libertarian principles ... I got my chance when one of the research centers I visited asked me to explain libertarianism to its staff ... Whenever I asked people on the street, "Why are you so courteous to me after what my government has done to your country?" their response was always ... revealing: "What responsibility do you have for what your government has done?" My visit to Cuba reinforced my hatred of socialism, but it also engendered tremendous affection for the Cuban people."
A Libertarian Visits Mexico, Future of Freedom, Nov 1998
Describes parts of a two-week visit to central Mexico, including some of the history of the Mexican independence struggle, discussions about current Mexican migration to the U.S., government interventions and the attitudes of the Mexicans encountered
"Last summer, I spent a two-week vacation studying Spanish in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I thought that the readers ... might find some of my experiences to be of interest. San Miguel de Allende is located in the heart of Mexico, about three hours north of Mexico City ... Despite the poverty and suffering, one cannot help but notice the widespread feeling of inner happiness among the Mexican people. Every night, people would crowd into the plazas ... One can only imagine how much more exciting and enjoyable life would be if the Mexican people could throw off the shackles of state control over their lives and fortunes."
Related Topics: Libertarianism, Mexico, The State
A Libertarian Visits South America, Future of Freedom, Mar 1999
Relates Hornberger's trip to give lectures and participate in debates at the Instituto de Estudos Empresariais in Brazil and the launching of the Fundación Atlas para una Sociedad Libre in Buenos Aires
"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 ... Both Brazil and Argentina have suffered severe economic problems in the past. The future for both nations lies with dedicated libertarians like Roy Ashton and Felipe Goron and their associates at IEE in Brazil and like Gabriel Salvia and his associates at the Atlas Foundation in Argentina."
An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Guatemala, 11 Feb 2005
Describes the 1954 CIA-engineered coup d'état in Guatemala and the subsequent military regimes, also touching on the attempts to seek regime change in Cuba and the 1973 CIA-supported ouster of Allende in Chile
"Unfortunately, the CIA "success" in Iran, which produced the CIA's ouster of Iran's democratically elected prime minister, bred a CIA "success" in another part of the world, Latin America. One year after the 1953 coup in Iran, the CIA did it again, this time in Guatemala, where U.S. officials feared the communist threat even more than they did in Iran ... Americans would be better served by studying the history of the U.S. government's foreign policy, including its anti-democracy "successes" in Iran, Guatemala, and Chile, to get a grasp on why so many people around the world hate the U.S. government ..."
An Anti-Democracy Foreign Policy: Iran, 31 Jan 2005
Discusses the history of Operation Ajax, the CIA-led 1953 coup d'état in Iran that removed the democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh, and which eventually led to the 1979 Iran hostage crisis
"When Iranians took U.S. officials hostage in the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, Americans were mystified and angry, not being able to comprehend how Iranians could be so hateful toward U.S. officials, especially since the U.S. government had been so supportive of the shah of Iran for some 25 years ... While Iranians certainly have not forgotten the U.S. government's support of Saddam Hussein and Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War during the 1980s ... the root of Iranian anger lies with the anti-democracy foreign policy of the U.S. government, by which U.S. officials ousted the ... democratically elected prime minister ..."
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
Comments on Ted Kennedy's observation that U.S. foreign aid was being used as bribery, expanding to discuss other perverse and destructive consequences of such aid programs
"Horrors! Sen. Edward Kennedy has thrown the Washington establishment into turmoil by making the shocking observation that the Bush administration is using U.S. foreign aid to bribe foreign governments to support its occupation of Iraq. "My belief is this money is being shuffled all around to these political leaders in all parts of the world, bribing them to send in troops," Kennedy said ... Senator Kennedy has obviously stirred up a Washington firestorm by stating the truth about U.S. foreign aid. It is bribery, and it's also blackmail, extortion, and stealing ... how can we be surprised ...? "
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."
UpdDecimating the Constitution with Military Tribunals, 27 Sep 2006
Discusses what would become the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA); note: in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled section 7 of the MCA unconstitutional, which led to the MCA of 2009
"Given all the glorification being bestowed on three U.S. senators for displaying "principle" in standing against President Bush's plan to amend the Geneva Convention to permit torture of detainees, followed by their quick compromise ..., it is easy to lose sight of something much bigger: The military tribunals ... the enactment of the tribunal legislation will reflect once again how the American people's fear of terrorism is causing them to look away while their federal officials decimate the Constitution and dismantle a criminal-justice system whose principles stretch back centuries."
Does John Ashcroft Understand the Constitution?, 22 Oct 2004
Uses a comment by John Ashcroft on Supreme Court decisions affecting "enemy combatants" to highlight the misunderstandings of the Attorney General, the Pentagon and the public in general, about rights, civil liberties and the U.S. Constitution
"Learning that the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the rights of habeas corpus, right to counsel, and due process of law in the Yaser Hamdi, Jose Padilla, and Shafiq Rasul cases, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft commented, "The Supreme Court accorded to terrorists, in a variety of cases this week, a number of additional rights." ... the Court wasn't giving "more rights" to terrorists, as John Ashcroft mistakenly thought. It was instead enforcing centuries-old procedural guarantees in the administration of justice that our ancestors had the wisdom and foresight to enumerate in the Constitution."
UpdDo Hadithans Hate Us for Our Freedoms?, 2 Jun 2006
Probes the premise voiced by U.S. government officials that terrorist acts are motivated by hatred of American "freedoms and values", rather than by episodes such as the Iraqi sanctions, torture at Abu Ghraib and the Haditha massacre
"Immediately after the 9/11 attacks, U.S. officials announced that the terrorists were motivated by anger and hatred for American "freedoms and values." In other words, the terrorists hated the First Amendment and rock and roll and, therefore, decided to attack our country ... After all, they'll remind us, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq have brought love, peace, freedom, and democracy to the Iraqi people — well, at least to those who are not dead. The only question will be: How many gullible Americans will buy it the next time?"
Do Our Rights Come from the Constitution?, Future of Freedom, Jun 1999
Dispels the myth that rights are granted to the people by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights
"It is commonly believed that the rights of the American people come from the Constitution. Nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout history, the standard belief was that people were unconditionally subject to the commands of their government. ... So the next time someone refers to your "constitutional rights," remind him that people's rights don't come from the Constitution. And if you really want to stimulate thinking, ask him whether he believes that today the federal government is destructive of the very rights it was designed to protect."
Eisenhower Was Right, 16 Feb 2004
Comments on the announcement of a 30,000 person increase in U.S. military, not authorized by Congress, but under "emergency" power by the Secretary of Defense and reflects on the wisdom of Eisenhower's 1961 warning about the military-industrial complex
"A small article on ... the New York Times is revealing with respect to the extent of the power of the military-industrial complex in American life. The article reports that the Army’s chief of staff, Gen. Peter Schoomaker, told the House Armed Services Committee that he is going to increase the size of U.S. forces by 30,000 ... Once the American people begin to appreciate the wisdom and foresight of the Founding Fathers in opposing an enormous standing military force ... we will be able to begin the journey toward making America once again the model for the world in terms of liberty, peace, prosperity, and enjoyment of life."
Fourth Circuit Moussaoui Ruling Is a Loss for the Constitution, 30 Apr 2004
Discusses the rulings of a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, with respect to compelling witnesses in the accused's favor in accordance with the Sixth Amendment
"Although the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals paid the obligatory lip service to the Sixth Amendment in the Zacharias Moussaoui case, in an audacious act of judicial activism, its ruling effectively rewrote and negated the Sixth Amendment to account for the government's new "war on terrorism." ... If the government instead decides to prosecute an accused terrorist in its "war on terrorism" in U.S. district court, ... it can deny him his Sixth Amendment right to compulsory process of witnesses and, by implication, other constitutional guarantees as well — and threaten to transfer him to the military jurisdiction ..."
Freedom of Education, Mar 1993
Imagines a potential discussion between an advocate of religious freedom, a proponent of a system, established one hundred years ago, of public, i.e., government-sponsored, churches and an advocate of religious "vouchers"
"What if, one hundred years ago, the American people had decided to amend the Constitution to provide a system of public churches in towns across America. Imagine the following conversation in 1993:
Advocate of Religious Freedom: We have a terrible problem with the public-church system. It was a big mistake to set up public churching in America a hundred years ago ...
... Principles cannot be compromised. They can only be abandoned. The only solution to America's religious woes is to repeal compulsory-attendance laws and church taxes and to sell off the public churches. It is time to end public churching."
Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 1, Apr 1994
Examines some of the reasons why so many believe that drug legalization is a bad idea and that the war on drugs should go on, pointing out that not even penitentaries, German concentration camps or police states are drug free
"When the surgeon general of the United States, Joycelyn Elders, announced that drug legalization was an idea worth studying, the reaction among politicians, bureaucrats, conservatives, and even those on the political left was immediate. "Immoral!" "You favor drug abuse?" "Have you ever held a crack baby?" "You should resign!" ... What kind of self-esteem can a person ever develop when he is beset by these continual reminders provided by the state? And once a person becomes convinced that he is fatally flawed — ... bad, uncaring, ... — then don't drugs, including alcohol, provide a convenient way to escape the resulting shame?"
Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 2, May 1994
Provides examples from taxes, the "dole", public housing and licensing that show how the welfare state and managed economy undermine human well-being, contrasting life in Russia under socialism vs. supposed freedom in the United States
"The welfare state and the managed economy do more than destroy individual self-esteem. They also destroy hopes of improving one's life. Now, we know that money cannot buy happiness, but certainly the hopes of improving one's own economic well-being provide a stimulus to happiness. ... Like their predecessors who waged the war on the destructive drug alcohol, most now see the futility of legislating morality. Equally important, they are beginning to see that the only way to achieve a more stable, virtuous, compassionate society is by freeing the American people."
Freedom, Virtue, and Responsibility, Part 3, Jun 1994
Explains the counterintuitive notion that in order to achieve a caring, compassionate, "good" society it is necessary to allow everyone the freedom to be irresponsible, to do anything they want as long it does not infringe on others' equal freedom
"Despite their good intentions, the proponents of the welfare-state, managed-economy way of life have ended up with results that are opposite from what they intended. The war on poverty was supposed to end poverty. It did not, and the situation is worse than when the war started some thirty years ago ... Americans have now suffered under one hundred years of statism, and they are starting to see that the road to their salvation lies not in reform, but rather in the principles of freedom of their ancestors — principles that will bring a society not only of freedom, but one of virtue and responsibility, care and compassion."
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.'"
UpdHabeas Corpus: The Lynchpin of Freedom, 11 Oct 2006
Commenting on the Military Commissions Act of 2006, discusses a hypothetical U.S. war scenario where the president extends MCA cancellation of habeas corpus to U.S. citizens criticizing the war and thus "aiding the enemy"
"In the recently enacted Military Commissions Act, Congress acceded to President Bush's request to remove the power of federal courts to consider petitions for writ of habeas by foreign citizens held by U.S. officials on suspicion of having committed acts of terrorism ... Americans continue to blithely permit their government officials to erode their rights. Their indifference to the cancellation of the Great Writ ... is an affront those who struggled for centuries to ensure its enshrinement and protection. It also constitutes one of the gravest and most ominous threats to freedom of the American people ..."
Hard Cases Make Bad Law, 23 Mar 2005
Discusses the attempt by members of the U.S. Congress to have U.S. federal courts intervene in the Terri Schiavo case, already decided by a Florida district court
"The issue in the Terri Schiavo case is not whether the Florida district court originally entered a correct judgment or not. The issue is whether this is a nation in which the American people are going to continue permitting their Washington politicians and bureaucrats to continue trampling on the Constitution and the rule of law, even while these people go abroad and hypocritically preach the importance of these principles ... The American people had better decide soon whether they are going to continue letting these power-hungry people in Washington to continue running roughshod over the Constitution ..."
Hitler's Mutual Admiration Society, 29 Oct 2003
Describes the mutual admiration society that existed in the 1930s between Franklin Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini
"During his campaign, California's governor-elect, Arnold Schwarzenegger, got himself into hot water with his praise of Adolf Hitler's oratorical skills. Maybe he should have reminded people of a dark secret that went down the public-school memory hole long ago ...: the mutual admiration society that existed between Hitler and other Western leaders during the 1930s ... Maybe the dark secret that Schwarzenegger's praise of Hitler's oratorical skills has reminded us of will help show Americans how far our nation has strayed from its heritage of economic liberty and free markets in favor of socialism and interventionism."
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 that constitutional protections and restraints on government are needed more than ever to prevent abuses such as have happened in U.S.-occupied Iraq
"Those who think that the U.S. Constitution is an antiquated document with no relevance to modern times might want to consider how federal officials would operate in the absence of constitutional restraints. The best evidence for such a thought experiment exists in Iraq, where U.S. officials have had the omnipotent power to run that country for the past year ... The next time someone ridicules the Constitution or the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, ask him whether he would prefer living under U.S. occupation in Iraq, where no such restraints or guarantees exist."
UpdLibertarianism 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
"Why do I remain convinced that the American people will return to their libertarian heritage, especially given the continued trend toward socialism and interventionism in Washington, D.C.? There are three reasons: freedom, morality, and pragmatism ... 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
Discusses patriotism, loyalty to a country, and treason, in the historical context of Texas between 1821 (as a territory of Mexico), 1836 (when it became an independent republic—not recognized by Mexico) and 1846-48 (the Mexican-American War)
"Not long ago, the patriotism of Mexican-Americans was called into question at an international soccer match in Los Angeles. Anglo-Americans were outraged that Mexican-Americans booed during the playing of the American national anthem and then cheered for the Mexican, rather than the American, soccer team ... Issues involving political boundaries would ultimately be determined by the Mexican War in 1846 and by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. That war and that peace agreement would also make such things as family, language, history, and culture — as well as patriotism — along the southern border more complicated than ever."
Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jan 1999
Continues discussing patriotism and treason in the historical context of Mexico and the territories annexed by the U.S. after the Mexican-American War, up to the early 20th century; includes parallels in more modern contexts
"In February 1846, the independent nation of Texas was annexed as a state in the United States of America. The citizens of Texas were now American citizens. However, there was one major glitch. Mexico still considered the Texas territory to be part of Mexico ... Travel across the border after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was not difficult because the border ... remained open for some 75 years. It was this open-border policy of our American ancestors that would continue to affect deeply the lives of the people along the southern border of the United States, especially during the Mexican Civil War that began in 1910."
Patriotism along the Southern Border, Part 3, Future of Freedom, Feb 1999
Continues discussing patriotism along the Mexico-United States border starting with the Mexican Revolution (1910-20), through the creation of the INS, the repatriation policy of Franklin Roosevelt and present day immigration policies
"In 1910, Mexico celebrated the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war for Mexican independence from Spain. The political climate in Mexico was peaceful and orderly. It would not last. In 1867, Mexican forces had defeated the French occupation army and had captured and executed Hapsburg Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian, whom France had installed as emperor of Mexico ... For more than 75 years, the American people had a rational and humane immigration policy: one of openness and friendship ... This is the only policy that is consistent with principles of economic liberty and loving thy neighbor as thyself."
Pentagon Learns About the Sixth Amendment, 30 Jul 2004
Discusses how the Supreme Court decision in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld affected the Pentagon handling of the case of Ali Saleh al-Marri, one of three "enemy combatants" (the other two being Yaser Hamdi and José Padilla)
"The Pentagon is learning that things work differently here in the United States than they do in Iraq. In this country, when the judiciary issues an order, the Pentagon is required to obey it. That’s why the government is now permitting Ali Saleh al-Marri to meet with his attorney as part of his habeas corpus proceeding in federal district court in South Carolina ... That’s the way things work here in the United States. Of course, that’s not the way things work in Iraq, where the Pentagon is still prohibiting Saddam Hussein from meeting with his attorneys."
Related Topic: Right to Trial by Jury
Price Controls Are No Answer to Isabel, 19 Sep 2003
Explains the counterproductive effects of government setting price controls, such as forbidding selling of candles at a price higher than before Hurricane Isabel struck
"Five states have declared a state of emergency as a result of Hurricane Isabel. Citizens in the affected states should hope that government officials don't do what they often do during such emergencies — impose price controls, especially on important items, such as water, ice, batteries, candles, and building supplies ... By interfering with ... vital information to consumers, price controls distort the market economy’s ability to allocate scarce resources. Hurricane Isabel has produced a natural disaster for millions of people. Let’s hope that state officials don’t make things worse with a state-produced one."
Related Topics: Prices, The State
Reform Social Security ... or Repeal It?, Future of Freedom, Jul 2000
In the prelude to the 2000 U.S. presidential election, counters Bush's proposal to reform Social Security and Gore's claims of jeopardizing it, with a call for outright repeal
"With the presidential campaign season here, the quadrennial debate over Social Security has begun. Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush is calling for Social Security reform. He says that people should have the right to have their Social Security funds invested in the stock market ... For the first 150 years ... the American people rejected Social Security ... and other aspects of the socialistic welfare state, ... having faith that most people care about others. Twentieth-century Americans chose an opposite course, one that traded freedom for the illusion of government security."
Related Topics: Social Security Tax, Taxation
Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Jan 2004
Tells the history of the U.S. government sanctions against Iraq imposed by the United Nations before military action in the 1990 Gulf War, exacerbated by military targeting during the war and kept in place after the war
"Immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks, President Bush and other U.S. officials announced that the attacks had been motivated by hatred for America's "freedom and values." Nothing could have been further from the truth, and U.S. officials knew it ... And it was all happening because of a 12-year U.S. government obsession with a man who had formerly been a close U.S. ally — one who had never attacked or even threatened to attack the United States and, in fact, one to whom the United States had entrusted weapons of mass destruction to use against others."
Related Topics: James Bovard, Children, Iran, Iraq
Sanctions: The Cruel and Brutal War against the Iraqi People, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Feb 2004
Continues the account of the U.S. government sanctions against Iraq, describing the "oil for food" program, the resignations of two senior United Nations officials in protest and the influence on the 11 Sept 2001 attacks
"By 1996, an increasing number of people were speaking out against the sanctions against Iraq, which motivated U.S. officials to embrace a diplomatic fig leaf that would protect them from adverse public opinion while, at the same time, enabling them to continue their cruel and brutal policy against the Iraqi people ... The people who paid the price for their cruelty and brutality were the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The best thing Americans could ever do to honor their memory is to permanently prohibit the U.S. government from ever again utilizing economic sanctions and embargoes as tools of foreign policy."
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
"Question: Why didn’t the terrorists strike Switzerland instead of England? After all, the two countries share the same "freedom and values," don't they? Answer: The Swiss government didn't attack Iraq. It doesn't meddle in the Middle East ... 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
UpdThe Bill of Rights: Antipathy to Militarism, Future of Freedom, Sep 2004
After quoting the text of the Third Amendment, discusses standing armies in the historical context and in modern times
"The Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that “no Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” Obviously, the Third Amendment has little relevance today ... In determining the future direction of our nation, the choice is clear: Do we continue down the road of empire, standing armies, foreign wars and occupations ... Or do we change direction and move ... toward liberty ... — toward a society in which the government is limited to protecting the nation from invasion ..."
UpdThe Bill of Rights Due Process of Law, Future of Freedom, Nov 2004
Describes the origins of due process in the Magna Carta, the basic requirements of "notice" and "hearing", other guarantees (e.g., assistance of counsel, trial by jury of peers), habeas corpus and comments on the current state of affairs
"One of the most deeply rooted principles in American jurisprudence is the concept of due process of law, which is enshrined in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." ... Given the government’s conduct in Iraq and Cuba, where criminal suspects have been arbitrarily ... detained indefinitely ... and given the Pentagon's attempt to arrest ... and punish American citizens accused of "terrorism," every American should be enormously grateful that our ancestors enshrined due process of law in the Bill of Rights."
UpdThe Bill of Rights: Eminent Domain, Future of Freedom, Dec 2004
Discusses the eminent domain protections of the Fifth Amendment and how they were undermined by cases such as Berman v. Parker (1954) and Poletown (1981), and the positive outcome of Wayne County v. Hathcock (2004)
"One of the bedrocks of a free society is a system of private property. The concept of economic liberty is founded not only on principles of free enterprise but also on the principle that people have the right to accumulate the fruits of their earnings. If government has the power to arbitrarily seize a person's wealth or property, then a person cannot truly be considered free in an economic sense ... By limiting the just-compensation clause of the Fifth Amendment to its original intended purpose, we help to restore the sanctity of private property ... Of course, by repealing it we would help restore it even more."
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 (and not by private entities)
"When the Constitution was being proposed to our American ancestors in 1787, many people expressed the concern that the document failed to specify the fundamental rights of the people that would be immune from assault by federal officials ... 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. After all, even in North Korea people are free to publish popular and "responsible" materials."
UpdThe Bill of Rights: Reserved Powers, Future of Freedom, May 2005
Discusses the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the system of federalism and the breakdown that occurred in 1937 when the Supreme Court held that the federal government could regulate economic activity
"The Constitution brought into existence the most unusual government in history. It was a government whose powers were limited to those enumerated in the document itself ... Fearful that the newly formed government might try to break free of that enumerated-powers straitjacket, the American people, through their duly authorized representatives, enacted the Bill of Rights ... As our forefathers understood so well, the greatest threat to people's freedom and well-being lies with their own government, and express constitutional restrictions on the exercise of government power are necessary ..."
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."
UpdThe Bill of Rights: The Rights of the Accused, Future of Freedom, Feb 2005
Discusses the various clauses of the Sixth Amendment, with the rationales behind them and citing relevant court decisions
"Among the legitimate purposes of government is the punishment of those who violate the rights of others through the commission of violent or forceful acts, such as murder, rape, robbery, theft, burglary, or trespass. ... however, ... an important inquiry immediately arises: How do we ensure that people are not convicted of crimes they haven't committed? ... As ... attorney Edward Bennett Williams put it, "Civil liberties are a great heritage for Americans. They are not rights that the government gives to the people, they are the rights that the people carved out for themselves when they created the government.""
UpdThe Bill of Rights: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Future of Freedom, Aug 2004
Discusses the fallacies in gun-control arguments, comparing possible gun prohibition to the war on drugs, highlighting the behavior of U.S. officials in occupied Iraq and concluding with some quotes by Founding Fathers
"Arguably, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should have been made first in the Bill of Rights because without the right to keep and bear arms, such rights as freedom of speech and freedom of the press would be treated as nothing more than meaningless "privileges" bestowed and taken away by government officials at will ... "Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments ... forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition. ..." — James Madison"
UpdThe Bill of Rights: Trial by Jury, Future of Freedom, Jan 2005
Explains why a trial by a jury of ordinary people was considered an essential constitutional guarantee and discusses jury nullification in real and hypothetical cases
"The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads in part as follows:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed....
Trial by jury is one of the essential prerequisites of a free society ... it is plain that, instead of juries being a "palladium of liberty" — a barrier against the tyranny and oppression of the government — they are really mere tools in its hands, for carrying into execution any injustice and oppression it may desire to have executed."
UpdThe Bill of Rights: Unenumerated Rights, Future of Freedom, Apr 2005
Examines the rationale and history behind the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, citing both James Madison and Griswold v. Connecticut (1965)
"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. Law-enforcement agents read criminal suspects "their constitutional rights," which leads some people to infer that the Constitution is the actual source of people's rights ... What we need in America is a rebirth of freedom, one in which the American people restore the vision of freedom and constitutionally limited government that formed the foundation of our nation."
The Constitution and the Rule of Law, Aug 1992
Describes, using some of F. A. Hayek's writings, the concepts that individual rights do not stem from the U.S. constitution, that the latter is meant to "straitjacket" the government and the misunderstood (or forgotten) "rule of law"
"In 1944, Friedrich A. Hayek wrote one of the most thought-provoking books of our time — The Road to Serfdom. Hayek warned that Great Britain and the United States were abandoning their heritage of liberty and adopting the economic principles of the Nazis, fascists, and socialists ... The second step is to lose what the Russian people have lost — the terrifying and paralyzing fear of politicians and bureaucrats. And, third, since our government has become destructive of the ends for which it was formed, to ... implement new government designed to protect ... our lives and fortunes. Herein lies the road to freedom. "
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
Argues for the outright repeal of the Social Security Act of 1935 quoting Bastiat in his advice against using the law as an "instrument of equalization"
"Sixty years ago — on August 14, 1935 — President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. It was one of the major political events that transformed the United States into a welfare state. It was a law that enabled government to use the force of taxation to take money from the young and productive and give it to others ... regardless of how other Americans choose to go, the advocate of liberty must not assist the advocate of socialism with "free-market proposals" to save socialism. The advocate of liberty must advocate ... quite simply, the repeal, not the reform, of Social Security."
The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 1, Aug 1990
Contrasts, using a Christian religious context, the attitudes of 19th century and earlier Americans with respect to economic liberties (such as income taxation and occupational licensure) with those of later Americans
"No myth is more pervasive among the people of the United States than that which claims that the American economic system is based on the sanctity of private property. The American people have been taught since the first grade in their government schools that America is the bastion of private property while the Soviet Union and China represent the system of public ownership or control of property ... If only we 20th-century Americans had the same strength of conviction with respect to our lives and earnings. If only we would render our lives and property back to God instead of Caesar."
The Sanctity of Private Property, Part 2, Jan 1991
Contrasts the attitudes of 20th century American citizens towards international trade and the oil business to citizens in communist countries, the former believing they live under a "private property" system which is not socialistic in nature
"The last thing which Americans of today wish to face is that they have abandoned the principles of private property on which the United States was founded. In last August's Freedom Daily, I pointed to two examples of where the American people have permitted their public officials to assume absolute and total control over private property: income taxation and licensing of occupations ... As our American ancestors understood so well, only those nations which have a political system which protects free economic activity are those nations in which the citizenry are blessed with peace, prosperity, and harmony."
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
UpdThe Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms, 21 Oct 2005
Examines whether foreign invasion, terrorists taking over the government and the federal government, through the President and its orders to a "loyal and obedient" standing army, are plausible threats to the freedom and well-being of Americans
"How often do we hear the claim that American troops "defend our freedoms"? The claim is made often by U.S. officials and is echoed far and wide across the land by television commentators, newspaper columnists, public-school teachers, and many others ... One vision — the vision of militarism and empire — will bring America more violence, death, destruction, impoverishment, and loss of freedom. The other vision — the vision of a limited-government, constitutional republic with citizen-soldiers — would put our nation back on the right road of peace, prosperity, harmony, and freedom."
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."
UpdThey Lied About the Reasons for Going to War, 23 Oct 2006
Examines various items of circumstancial evidence that would lead most reasonable people to conclude that George W. Bush and his administration lied about the rationales for invading Iraq in 2003, and then explores the real purpose behind the invasion
"In determining whether someone has lied, circumstantial evidence can oftentimes be as critical as direct evidence. For example, suppose someone says, "I was outside all last night and it did not rain." A person who was inside might be tempted to conclude, "Well, since I wasn’t outside, I must assume that he is telling the truth." ... while it is entirely possible that Bush and Cheney would have invaded Iraq anyway if the American people had known the truth about why they were invading, at least the war and occupation would not have received the moral sanction of a deceived people."
UpdTrapped in Lies and Delusions, 20 Nov 2006
Predicts that U.S. troops would not withdraw from Iraq for at least two more years, because it was politically implausible for Bush and Cheney to backtrack on their positions, and laments American attitudes towards the war and countless interventions
"I could, of course, be proven wrong but my hunch is that the United States will be trapped in Iraq for the indefinite future. Despite the recent election results and increasing demand among the American people for a withdrawal, I believe that there is no possibility that President Bush is going to order a withdrawal any time soon ... The long-term solution instead involves returning ... to our nation’s founding principles ... — principles that are contrary to our nation's current paradigm of militarism, standing armies, empires, ... foreign entanglements, .. assassinations, coups, sanctions, and embargoes."
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
Criticizes U.S. involvement in the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) during the Kosovo War, viewing it as continuation of the American warfare-welfare empire that stretches back to U.S. entry in World War I
"More than 80 years ago, the United States entered World War I with the express purposes of making the world safe for democracy and making that war the one that would end all future European wars. The intervention was a radical departure from the foreign policy that George Washington had enunciated in his Farewell Address ... Our nation started out as a constitutional republic ... and the result was a shining beacon of hope for people all over the world. The time has come to recapture that vision by bringing the troops home and dismantling the warfare-welfare machine that has caused so much misery and destruction around the world."
Why No Indictment for Bernard Kerik?, 15 Dec 2004
Comments on the lack of indictment for Kerik who withdrew himself from consideration as head of DHS for having employed an illegal immigrant, while executives from Tyson Foods and Walmart were charged or possibly being indicted for the same reason
"Amidst all the hubbub over Bernard Kerik's decision to remove himself from consideration as director of Homeland Security owing to his reported hiring of an illegal-immigrant nanny, no one ... seems to be asking an important question: Why aren't the feds seeking a criminal indictment against him? ... When laws are not enforced equally on everyone, people tend to lose respect for the law in general. Given that the feds give a pass to the rich and powerful who are accused of violating the law ..., the only proper course is for Congress to repeal the law and pardon those select few who have been charged and convicted of it."
Related Topics: Business, Rule of Law
UpdWhy Not a Free Market in Education?, 25 Mar 2005
Examines an op-ed by Bill Gates arguing for reforms in the public schools, countering with the paradigm used in the software and computer industries: the free market, and suggests an answer to educating the truly poor
"Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is a smart man. Such being the case, why isn't he able to recognize the real solution to the woes of public schooling? Gates recently published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times in which he stated, "Our high schools are obsolete. By obsolete, I don't just mean that they are broken, flawed and underfunded — although I can’t argue with any of those descriptions ..." ... Yes, a free market in education! ... How would the truly poor get educated? Just ask Bill Gates. He and his wife have been voluntarily donating millions of dollars to help others get an education."
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

Interviews

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

Videos


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