Scott Horton Interviews Jacob Hornberger

Scott Horton, November 17, 2010

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Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the history of FFF.org and the reading materials behind his conversion from liberal Democrat to Libertarian, the forewarning from Chalmers Johnson’s prescient book Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire that was written before 9/11, why Americans must choose to either abandon their empire or live under it, the mostly-unseen inflation tax that disproportionately effects the poor and the ongoing struggle between libertarians and statists.

MP3 here. (26:47)

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 in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, publisher of The Freeman.

In 1989, Mr. Hornberger founded The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is a regular writer for The Foundation’s publication, Freedom Daily. Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian, he has delivered speeches and engaged in debates and discussions about free-market principles with groups all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, Europe, and Latin America, including Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina.

He has also advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows. Most recently, he has regularly appeared as a commentator on Fox News’ legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Internet-based show Freedom Watch. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, La Prensa San Diego, El Nuevo Miami Herald, and many others, both in the United States and in Latin America. He is a co-editor or contributor to the eight books that have been published by the Foundation.

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  2. ALL empires do indeed fall and they generally fall at the height of their military power!

  3. I agree with Noam Chomsky on this one. There's no reason why someone with a lot of money can't pay a little bit more to help bring up the standards for the community. There's a lot of corruption in govt. that's true but if you follow the $ you will find that there is some rich people behind the scenes pulling some levers and distorting the system in their favor. Government should be doing good things for the people , not making war and profits for the billionaires and fanatics.

  4. Sorry, Roger, but "doing good things for people" is very much a subjective thing, especially if you're the one funding someone else's "good."

    Besides, the ones deciding what is "good" have bankrupted us. Our country is broke. It's time for people to stop relying on Uncle Sam and start acting like independent adults capable of taking care of themselves.

  5. The US Treasury should start circulating money to the lower class. It is really a very simple economic principle. There are more poor people today in the US then there were during the Great Depression. The reason for this is also very simple: the poorest people pay the most taxes and those taxes pay for the war on terror. On top of that, the payment for those wars are lost revenues. Wake Up America!

  6. The American empire can't fall soon enough for me. I want a republic with a limited federal government and not the monstrous one we have now. I want the troops home and safe and not being killed in godforsaken places around the world.

  7. Jacob's optimism absolutely amazes me. He really believes that all these morons around the country are going to become libertarians.

  8. is the private sector capable of leading forth R&D for a green economy. Without the state is there any responsible sector that can address the leading issues of our times climate change, desertification -water depletion and food scarcity, ocean ecocide and sustainable energy

    Libertarians must answer if they want to leave the fringe

  9. I agree that the empire is on the verge of collapse and the Military Industrial Complex is a huge waste of money but how can you cut social programs for the poor and handicapped?
    Are you going to let people die of starvation? Are going to let people die from illnesses that are easily treated? You are right that we need a representative democracy that is ruled by the people but you will never get popular support for cutting programs for the sick and the poor. We are already exploited by corporations that give us healthcare insurance and you want to expand that exploitation?

  10. My thoughts also.

    The U.S. Government is off the rails. It's lawless at home and abroad. It's controlled by Wall Street, Big Pharma, Big "Defense"–oh, hell, anyone with the biggest checkbooks. Its major exports are wars and warmongering. Israel controls what I laughingly call "American policy" in the Middle East, to our vast detriment.

  11. "yours"? It ain't mine, it ain't even ours. Always when dealing with what the empire's doing over there it's important to keep in mid that we are its first victims, we were colonised first. What it's doing now to the Islamic world it first did to Christian Europe.

  12. There are private charities to pick up anybody who has fallen through the cracks. Plus all money for government programs is coerced out of somebody. It would be nice if governments only coerced money out of people who have an abundance of it but they never do because those with money tend to be powerful and those who are powerful tend to be in bed with the government.

  13. I understand your concerns. But what people need is a hand-up not a hand-out. In any case wasn't the war on poverty the first casualty of the war in Vietnam?

  14. Government and poverty compliment each other. All the rich people in the world are powerless unless they have the coercive arm of the government at their helm. Though, tell me, are the Italians and Irish the poorest distinct communities in America? These distinct communities, without government intervention, have come to dominate the American way of life. Yet what has government intervention done to help other distinct communities in America? All those distinct communities are worse off now than they ever were.

  15. I would say the Jewish community has more influence then the Italians and Irish combined.

  16. That's good to know. I forgot to ask AIPAC our quarterly grant. I don't get it. We have enough staff members with Jewish mothers and material grandmothers. You'd think they'd fully fund us.

    Andy, leave the veiled antisemitism to the racists. There is no more a Jewish community than there is an African-American one. You are discussing large categories of people with a variety of life experiences.

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