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What Is a “Libertarian-Conservative”? Part 3
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What Is a “Libertarian-Conservative”? Part 3

by Jacob G. Hornberger In Part 2 of this series, I pointed to an op-ed published by The Hill written by self-labeled “libertarian-conservative” Steven Calabresi. In the op-ed, which is entitled “Proposed Ryan-Bannon Import Tariff a Smart Tool to Lower Income Tax,” Calabresi wrote: If the federal government were to tax nothing but business, income, and savings, then we would discourage investment, work, and savings. The more sensible route is to have a diversified portfolio of the things we tax. This is how we can afford to increase military spending, build the wall on the Mexican border, and cut business and income taxes, which are all things that we desperately need to do — now! The article and the quote reflect the damage that conservatives have inflicted on...
What is a “Libertarian-Conservative”? Part 2
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What is a “Libertarian-Conservative”? Part 2

by Jacob G. Hornberger In my blog post yesterday, I referred to a New York Times op-ed by Steven Calabresi, who refers to himself as a hyphenated conservative, specifically a “libertarian-conservative.” A big problem, as I pointed out, is that neither Calabresi nor the Times defines what a “libertarian-conservative” is. I pointed out how the big influx of disenchanted conservatives into the libertarian movement has adversely affected the movement, especially by inducing libertarians to adopt the reform-oriented mindset of conservatives. That’s why so many libertarians have abandoned any hope of a genuinely free society and have made peace with the notion that the welfare-welfare state is here to stay as a permanent feature of American life. Thus the liber...
Why Don’t Libertarians Call for Restoring a Republic?
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Why Don’t Libertarians Call for Restoring a Republic?

by Jacob G. Hornberger One of the most notable aspects of the libertarian movement is the dearth of articles, books, and speeches calling for the dismantling of America’s national-security state and the restoration of our nation’s founding governmental system of a limited-government republic. If you have any doubts about this assertion, just take a close look at all the libertarian books that have been published in the last five years. Or watch the speeches and interviews that libertarians deliver. Or the many libertarian articles, both on the Internet and the mainstream press. You will notice that virtually none of them ever call for dismantling the Pentagon, the military-industrial complex, the CIA, and the NSA, all of which are the principal components of America’s national-se...
Should Social Security Be Expanded?
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Should Social Security Be Expanded?

by Laurence M. Vance Time is running out for Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. Social Security is simply an intergenerational wealth-redistribution scheme that has been an entitlement program for the elderly from the very beginning. [Click to Tweet] The Constitution, in Article I, Section 4, mandates that Congress assemble “at least once in every Year.” Each Congress is numbered and lasts two years, with two legislative sessions. The current Congress is the 116th to assemble since the first in 1789. Although congressional elections are held in November of even-numbered years, a new Congress does not begin until noon on January 3 of the following odd-numbered year. The first session convenes on or soon after that da...
The FBI’s Forgotten Crimes against Richard Jewell
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The FBI’s Forgotten Crimes against Richard Jewell

by James Bovard A new movie about Richard Jewell is reminding Americans of one of the forgotten travesties of the 1990s. When he died in 2007 at age 44, his New York Times obituary was headlined, “Richard Jewell, Hero of Atlanta Attack, Dies.” But his heroism was recognized only after the FBI and the media sought to destroy him. Congress has dismally failed to perform its duty in keeping an eye and a leash on federal agencies armed with massive firepower and even more deadly legal authority. [Click to Tweet] On July 27, 1996, a pipe bomb went off at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, where the world’s athletes and media were gathered for the Olympic games. The FBI decided that 33-year-old security guard Richard Jewell, who had found the bomb and helped clear the area and minimize f...
The Siren Song of Social Security and Socialism
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The Siren Song of Social Security and Socialism

Written by Jacob G. Hornberger This month marks the 50th anniversary of the democratic election of Chilean President Salvador Allende and President Richard Nixon’s order to oust him from power. From that point on, the CIA did everything it could to ensure that Allende did not make it to the next presidential election. The CIA’s efforts ultimately resulted in the 1973 military coup that left Allende dead and that gave Chile a new ruler — the brutal unelected U.S.-supported rightwing military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Why did U.S. officials deem it necessary to destroy the democratic system of a country thousands of miles away from the United States? Socialism. U.S. officials were convinced that socialism was enveloping the world and that it threatened to ultimately take over ...
Life and Liberty under the Pandemic
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Life and Liberty under the Pandemic

Written by The Future of Freedom Foundation Where do we stand in terms of the pandemic, the lockdowns, the tyranny, and the oppression under which we live today? Join Jacob Hornberger, Jeffrey Tucker, and Richard Ebeling in this episode of The Libertarian Angle as they discuss this subject. Go to the podcast. Please subscribe to our email newsletter FFF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4IOyTGxDdw&feature=emb_title This post was written by: Future of Freedom Foundation The Future of Freedom Foundation was founded in 1989 by FFF president Jacob Hornberger with the aim of establishing an educational foundation that would advance an uncompromising case for libertarianism in the context of both foreign and domestic policy. The mission of The Future of Fre...
The CIA’s Still Secret JFK Assassination Files
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The CIA’s Still Secret JFK Assassination Files

Written by The Future of Freedom Foundation Why does the CIA continue to keep its records relating to the assassination of president John F. Kennedy secret from the American people? Join FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger for this week’s episode of The Libertarian Angle as he examines that question. Go to the podcast. Please subscribe to our email newsletter FFF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbWhWA4txQ&feature=emb_title This post was written by: Future of Freedom Foundation The Future of Freedom Foundation was founded in 1989 by FFF president Jacob Hornberger with the aim of establishing an educational foundation that would advance an uncompromising case for libertarianism in the context of both foreign and domestic policy. The mission of The Futur...
The Evil of Fiat Money and the Fed
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The Evil of Fiat Money and the Fed

Written by Jacob G. Hornberger The headline of a Washington Post article last June read, “She Was the Last American to collect a Civil War Pension — $73.13 a Month. She Just Died.” The article was about Irene Triplett, a daughter of a Civil War veteran who had just passed away. That, of course, is pretty shocking in and of itself. Who would ever think that a child of a Civil War veteran would still be living in our time? But what also struck me was the amount of the monthly pension she was receiving — $73.13. That doesn’t appear to be a very generous pension, except that it was — and would have been through the rest of her life had the Franklin Roosevelt regime not have destroyed the monetary system that the Constitution established. Let’s go back to 1907. The U....
Foreign Interventionism, 9/11, and the Perpetual War on Terrorism
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Foreign Interventionism, 9/11, and the Perpetual War on Terrorism

Written by Jacob G. Hornberger With today being another anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it’s important to recall why it was that that deadly event came about. No, the terrorists didn’t attack us because they hated our “freedom and values,” as U.S. officials and American interventionists claimed after the attacks. Instead, the attacks occurred in retaliation for what the U.S. national-security establishment, specifically the Pentagon and the CIA, had been doing to people in the Middle East prior to the 9/11 attacks. Recall the Persian Gulf War in 1991, when the U.S. government intervened in a conflict involving their old partner and ally, Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq. Iraq had gotten in a territorial dispute with Kuwait, which ended up with Iraq invading Kuwait. U....