“Jacob Hornberger is one of the most consistent and principled individuals I have known. I am proud to call him my friend and I am so pleased he has written this book.” —former presidential candidate Ron Paul
Forty years ago, when he was a young trial lawyer in his hometown of Laredo, Texas, Jacob Hornberger discovered the libertarian philosophy. The discovery changed the course of his life.
Jacob is now a candidate for the 2020 Libertarian Party presidential nomination.
He is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation (fff.org), a non-profit educational foundation whose mission is to present the principled case for the libertarian philosophy (and which, as a non-profit foundation, does not endorse his candidacy or any other candidacy).
The recipient of the L.P.’s Thomas Paine Award for outstanding communicator of libertarian principles, Jacob details his life’s journey from the courtroom to the world of libertarian education and explains how liberty became the passion of his life.
At the same time, he describes, in a clear and easy-to-understand way, the core principles of libertarianism and how they are the key to resolving the political and economic crises we face in society.
Learn why libertarians oppose socialism, interventionism, mandatory charity, the drug war, the regulated and managed economy, the Federal Reserve, public schooling, foreign wars and empire, immigration controls, trade wars, gun control, the war on terrorism, infringements on civil liberties, and the national-security establishment and its dark-side practices around the world.
In his introduction to the book, former presidential candidate Ron Paul states, “When I hired new staff and brought in new groups of interns, I would always recommend that they read everything they could get their hands on from Jacob Hornberger’s Future of Freedom Foundation. Jacob’s book is a battle cry against the tyranny of the state. His is not an offensive battle, but a fight to defend us against a state that wants to trample us, rob us, and ultimately kill us. That is why I am so happy to see that Jacob has written this very personal memoir of his life, and especially about his conversion to libertarianism. I am proud to call Jacob my good friend and I am so pleased that he has written this book.”
Excerpt from book:
One afternoon in 1977, I walked into the Laredo, Texas, public library looking for something to read. Little did I know that my visit to that government-run facility would change the course of my life.
At the time, I had been practicing law for two years. Ever since I was a kid, I had wanted to be an attorney. The first time that one of my schoolteachers had me write an essay on what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wrote that I wanted to be a lawyer, just like my father. As one of the trial lawyers in Laredo, he would oftentimes take me to the courtroom with him, where I would watch attorneys passing through a swinging gate that led to the area in the courtroom where the lawyers and the judge sat. I thought that was so awesome. I dreamed of the day when I too would be able to walk through that swinging gate and sit in that area of the courtroom.
When I reached the political-science section of the library, four little different-colored books on a lower shelf drew my attention. I pulled out one of them and began perusing it. It consisted of essays written by different authors. What I read absolutely bowled me over. I checked out all four books, took them home, and began poring over them. It was a true Road to Damascus experience for me. I had discovered libertarianism. I instinctively knew that my life was never going to be the same again.