The Future of Freedom Foundation

The Future of Freedom Foundation The mission of http://fff.org is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

Our nation was founded on the principles of individual freedom, free markets, private property, and limited government. As the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect, people have the natural and God-given rights to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. It is the duty of government to protect, not destroy or infringe upon, these inherent and inalienable rights. For well over a century, the American people said “no” to such things as income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, public schooling, economic regulations, immigration controls, drug laws, gun control, paper money, the Federal Reserve, overseas empire, militarism, entangling alliances, and foreign wars. Despite the tragic exception of slavery, the result was the most prosperous, healthy, literate, and compassionate society in history. In the 20th century, however, America moved in the opposite direction—in the direction of socialism, interventionism, and imperialism. The result has been massive infringements on our economic liberty, civil liberties, gun rights, and privacy, along with out-of-control federal spending, debt, and inflation, all of which have reduced our prosperity, damaged our families, and weakened our sense of morality, self-reliance, and voluntary charity. The time has come for the American people to lead the world out of the statist morass in which it has plunged. The time has come to restore libertarian principles to our land. It is to that end that The Future of Freedom Foundation is dedicated.

Mission: 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 Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

Laurence M. Vance asks "Should People Be Paid for Not Working?"
06/07/2019
Should People Be Paid for Not Working? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Laurence M. Vance asks "Should People Be Paid for Not Working?"

Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget (Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2020), “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First,” largely mirrors his two previous budgets for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. In spite of Democratic criticism of Trump’s “cruel,” “shortsighted,...

"China’s Scary Rise as a Regional Hegemon"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog #China
06/07/2019
China's Scary Rise as a Regional Hegemon – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"China’s Scary Rise as a Regional Hegemon"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog #China

What could be scarier than the rise of a regional hegemon? Right? It conjures up an image of a giant Transformer, one who is going on the march and stomping through smaller nearby nations and imposing its will on them. Scary! That’s the situation with China. While President Trump’s trade war tha...

"How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power" from John W. Whitehead
06/06/2019
How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power" from John W. Whitehead

“History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can be arrested for something. If the stat...

"Discomforting Facts about World War II"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog #DDay75thAnniversary #DDay75
06/06/2019
Discomforting Facts about World War II – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Discomforting Facts about World War II"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog #DDay75thAnniversary #DDay75

Given the predictable accolades regarding the 75th anniversary of D-Day in World War II — it’s important for Americans to keep in mind some discomforting facts about the so-called good war: Prior to U.S. entry into World War II, the American people were overwhelmingly opposed to entering the con...

FFF policy advisor Jim Bovard on "Obama’s Forgotten Frauds and Debacles" #Obama
06/03/2019
Obama’s Forgotten Frauds and Debacles – The Future of Freedom Foundation

FFF policy advisor Jim Bovard on "Obama’s Forgotten Frauds and Debacles" #Obama

Former President Barack Obama is again busy lecturing Americans on politics. His speeches have contained many snappy lines that would deserve attention if they came from an untainted source. But Obama as president was guilty of many of the things against which he now warns his fellow citizens. Last....

"Repeal the Espionage Act"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
06/03/2019
Repeal the Espionage Act – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Repeal the Espionage Act"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

World War I is the gift that just keeps on giving. Although the U.S. government’s intervention into this senseless, immoral, and destructive war occurred 100 years ago, the adverse effects of the war continue to besiege our nation. Among the most notable examples is the Espionage Act, a tyrannical...

Citadel professor Richard Ebeling tells you about "The America That Was — The Good and the Bad"
05/31/2019
The America That Was — The Good and the Bad – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Citadel professor Richard Ebeling tells you about "The America That Was — The Good and the Bad"

We live in a time when an understanding and an appreciation of what a free society can or should be like is being slowly lost. Or so it seems, often, to a friend of human liberty. Political interventionism and a revived interest in “democratic socialism” dominate public discourse in almost every...

"The Drug War Is Totally Idiotic"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/31/2019
The Drug War Is Totally Idiotic – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"The Drug War Is Totally Idiotic"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

Pardon me for being blunt, but it would be difficult to find anything more idiotic than the war on drugs, an ongoing federal program that has been enacted and enforced by both Republicans and Democrats for decades. The program is sheer idiocy in that its supporters continue to keep it going despite....

"The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State" by John W. Whitehead
05/30/2019
The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State" by John W. Whitehead

“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.’” ― Philip K. Dick Red pill or blue pill? You decide. Twenty years after the Wachowskis’ iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futur...

"Abolish the @FBI"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/30/2019
Abolish the FBI – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Abolish the @FBI"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

As a libertarian, let me make my position clear with respect to the FBI: It should be abolished, not reformed or reined in. That’s because in a free society there is no national police force. Criminal justice, along with all the power a criminal-justice system entails, is best left at the state an...

From Richard Ebeling "The Plague of Meddling Political Busybodies"
05/29/2019
The Plague of Meddling Political Busybodies – The Future of Freedom Foundation

From Richard Ebeling "The Plague of Meddling Political Busybodies"

Who knows what might be better or best for you? You or those in the government? We all make mistakes and misjudgments, but who is most likely to have a wider and deeper appreciation of your wants and desires, you or a bureaucrat in an often-faraway government agency? Who is more likely to have an in...

"What American Culture Are Immigration-Control Advocates Trying to Protect?"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/29/2019
What American Culture Are Immigration-Control Advocates Trying to Protect? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"What American Culture Are Immigration-Control Advocates Trying to Protect?"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

Supporters of America’s system of immigration controls often say that a system of open borders, which we libertarians favor, would destroy America’s culture. We’ve got to build a wall around America, they say, to keep out foreigners in order to protect our culture. But what culture exactly are...

Laurence M. Vance asks if it is "Time to End the Postal Monopoly?"
05/28/2019
Time to End the Postal Monopoly – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Laurence M. Vance asks if it is "Time to End the Postal Monopoly?"

After blaming the billions of dollars a year in losses by the United States Post Office (USPS) on its failure to charge Amazon enough to deliver its packages — “making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer” — Donald Trump, on April 12, 2018, signed Executive Order 13829, which ...

"Iraq War Veterans Waged an Illegal War"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/28/2019
Iraq War Veterans Waged an Illegal War – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Iraq War Veterans Waged an Illegal War"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

As I was reading an article in Sunday’s New York Times by a former Marine named Elliot Ackerman, an Iraq War veteran, about the battle of Fallujah, I couldn’t help but wonder whether Iraq War veterans would be better off downplaying, rather than highlighting, their military exploits in Iraq. Why...

Jacob Hornberger compares the difference between voluntary charity and involuntary "charity."
05/23/2019
Student Debt Cancellation: Charity or Force? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Jacob Hornberger compares the difference between voluntary charity and involuntary "charity."

During commencement exercises at Morehouse College, a historically black college or university (HBCU) located in Atlanta, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that he was paying off all student debt for graduating seniors. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the gift is estimated to be w...

Jacob Hornberger shows how Trump's immigration plan is just another example of socialist central planning.
05/23/2019
Donald Trump, Immigration Central Planner – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Jacob Hornberger shows how Trump's immigration plan is just another example of socialist central planning.

Republicans are celebrating President Trump for his immigration proposal, which includes, among other things, admitting into the United State more highly skilled and educated foreigners. Wow! Why hasn’t anyone thought of that before now? Just think: America’s decades-long, ongoing immigration cr...

Jacob Hornberger says impeach Trump for his illegal wars.
05/23/2019
Impeach Trump But Only for the Right Reason – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Jacob Hornberger says impeach Trump for his illegal wars.

Notwithstanding the fact that their Special Counsel Robert Mueller, after a long detailed investigation, found no evidence that President Trump illegally conspired with Russian officials in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Democrats are still hell bent on impeaching Trump. The problem w...

Richard Ebeling discusses immigration and freedom.
05/23/2019
Freedom Is Why Immigrants Come to America – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Richard Ebeling discusses immigration and freedom.

America! The word has meant hope, opportunity and freedom for tens of millions of people over the last two and half centuries. For a good part of those 250 years, the words on the Stature of Liberty in New York harbor have rang true: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to ...

John Whitehead's sobering message to graduates.
05/23/2019
A Graduation Message for a Terrifying Age – The Future of Freedom Foundation

John Whitehead's sobering message to graduates.

“No matter who you are, no matter how strong you are, sooner or later, you’ll face circumstances beyond your control.” — Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed,...

FFF policy adviser Laurence Vance tells us who actually pays Trump's tariffs. (It's not China.)
05/23/2019
Who Actually Pays Tariffs? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

FFF policy adviser Laurence Vance tells us who actually pays Trump's tariffs. (It's not China.)

Donald Trump’s economic ignorance knows no bounds. And especially when it comes to the subject of trade. Trade is always a win-win proposition. In every exchange, each party gives up something valued less for something valued more. Each party to a transaction values differently the goods or servic...

From our newest contributor Brian Miller, "The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment: Understanding the Court’s Landm...
05/17/2019
The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment: Understanding the Court's Landmark Decisions – The Future of Freedom Foundation

From our newest contributor Brian Miller, "The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment: Understanding the Court’s Landmark Decisions."

The Second Amendment is one of the most fundamental provisions of the Bill of Rights, and one of the most fiercely debated. Since it was first put to paper, legal scholars, gun owners and anti-gun activists have engaged in an endless discussion over the meaning and scope of the Second Amendment, and...

"Is Pearl Harbor the Model for a Trump-Bolton War with Iran?"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/17/2019
Is Pearl Harbor the Model for a Trump-Bolton War with Iran? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Is Pearl Harbor the Model for a Trump-Bolton War with Iran?"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

Yesterday, the news media reported that President Trump told the acting U.S. “Defense” Secretary that he does not want war with Iran, which has caused some people to breathe a sigh of relief that the United States might yet avoid another deadly and destructive regime-change war. Don’t be too s...

From Richard Ebeling, "All Socialisms Are Antisocial"
05/16/2019
All Socialisms Are Antisocial – The Future of Freedom Foundation

From Richard Ebeling, "All Socialisms Are Antisocial"

Those who have seen the 1982 Steven Spielberg movie Poltergeist may remember the scene when the little girl touches the snowy screen of her family’s television and says, “They’re here,” meaning the evil ghostly forces bringing death and destruction. Well, they are here: socialism, nationalis...

"Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea’s Nukes"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/16/2019
Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea’s Nukes – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea’s Nukes"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

From the start of the brouhaha that President Trump initiated against North Korea for refusing to destroy its nuclear weapons, I have consistently maintained that the communist regime would never rid itself of its nukes. Even when Trump suddenly did an about-face and fell in love with North Korean c...

From John W. Whitehead, "The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State."
05/14/2019
The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State – The Future of Freedom Foundation

From John W. Whitehead, "The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State."

The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would...

"Immigration Tyranny and Cruelty Come Home"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/14/2019
Immigration Tyranny and Cruelty Come Home – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Immigration Tyranny and Cruelty Come Home"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

I can’t help but wonder if what has happened to Theresa Todd will cause conservative-leaning libertarians to abandon their support of immigration controls, the system of immigration central planning, cruelty, and tyranny that both conservatives and progressives have unfortunately foisted upon our ...

Laurence M. Vance on "Blasphemy Laws and Other Victimless Crimes"
05/13/2019
Blasphemy Laws and Other Victimless Crimes – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Laurence M. Vance on "Blasphemy Laws and Other Victimless Crimes"

Pakistan is a Muslim country with harsh blasphemy laws. In 1986, during the military rule of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, it became a capital offence for anyone to insult the prophet Mohammed. Government officials who opposed the nation’s blasphemy laws have been assassinated. Late last year, a Christian ...

"Iraq Déjà Vu with Iran"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/13/2019
Iraq Déjà Vu with Iran – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Iraq Déjà Vu with Iran"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

Given U.S. National-Security Advisor John Bolton’s war-provoking antics with Iran, I’m getting that déjà vu feeling with how President George W. Bush and his team of interventionists took the U.S. to war with Iraq. Of course, the first question that naturally arises is: Who’s the real acting...

"The World’s Dictatress"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/10/2019
The World’s Dictatress – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"The World’s Dictatress"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

In his Fourth of July address to Congress in 1821, U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams stated that if America were ever to abandon its founding foreign policy of non-interventionism, she would inevitably become the world’s “dictatress” and begin behaving accordingly. No can can deny that...

"D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy" - the latest from John W. Whitehead
05/09/2019
D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy" - the latest from John W. Whitehead

When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at....

"Why School Compulsory-Attendance Laws?"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/09/2019
Why School Compulsory-Attendance Laws? – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Why School Compulsory-Attendance Laws?"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

Imagine if Congress were to enact a law that required everyone to attend church on Sundays. The overwhelming majority of Americans would go up in arms. The concept of religious liberty is so deeply ingrained in our American heritage that there is no way that people, including devout Christians, woul...

Laurence M. Vance has "3 Big Questions That Are Not Being Asked about 'Medicare for All'”
05/08/2019
3 Big Questions That Are Not Being Asked about “Medicare for All” – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Laurence M. Vance has "3 Big Questions That Are Not Being Asked about 'Medicare for All'”

Congress recently held its first hearing on “Medicare for All” legislation that would eliminate most private insurance, phase out Medicare and Medicaid, and institute universal socialized medicine. The House Rules Committee heard six hours of testimony on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R.13...

"Social Security’s Insult of Young People"Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog
05/08/2019
Social Security’s Insult of Young People – The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Social Security’s Insult of Young People"
Jacob G. Hornberger's Blog

Contrary to popular opinion, especially among seniors, there is no Social Security fund into which people have “contributed” their money during their work years. There are also no lock boxes at Fort Knox that contain people’s names and the money they have “contributed” for their retirement...

Here is Richard Ebeling with "The Presidential Political Circus Has Begun
05/07/2019
The Presidential Political Circus Has Begun – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Here is Richard Ebeling with "The Presidential Political Circus Has Begun

Like the carnival side shows at the circus, the candidates for the Democratic party nomination — do I even need to name the more than 20 of them? — are all standing in front of their respective campaign tents trying to attract the potential voter onlookers to join them inside, hope for that camp...

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