About Jacob Hornberger

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 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).

On November 2, 2019, Jacob announced his candidacy for the 2020 Libertarian Party nomination at the South Carolina state convention.

On that same day, he launched on Amazon his new book My Passion for Liberty, where he 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.

In My Passion for Liberty, one will 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.”


1950: born in Laredo, Texas, and raised on a farm on the Rio Grande.

1968-1972: Virginia Military Institute; B.A. in economics; elected class valedictorian: commissioned 2nd Lt., U.S. Army Reserves.

1972-1975: Law school at University of Texas at Austin; J.D. degree.

1973: Infantry school, Fort Benning, Georgia.

1972-1980: U.S. Army Reserves.

1974: Infantry school at Ft. Benning, Georgia.

1975-1983: Trial attorney in Laredo, Texas; licensed to practice in Texas, U.S. District Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court.

1983-1987: Trial attorney in Dallas, Texas; one semester as adjunct professor of law and economics at University of Dallas.

1987-1989: Program director at The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York.

1991-2000: Three terms on Libertarian Party platform committee; awarded Libertarian Party’s Thomas Paine Award for outstanding communication of libertarian principles; keynote speaker at 1996 national party convention; candidate for LP presidential nomination.

2002: Independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia.

1989-present: Founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), a non-profit libertarian educational foundation; author/co-editor/contributor of 17 books, including his newest book My Passion for Liberty.

2019-2020: Libertarian Party candidate for president.

Advancing Liberty

  • Read thousands of libertarian articles, blog posts, and perspectives and watch hundreds of video presentations by Jacob Hornberger at the website of The Future of Freedom Foundation (fff.org). (Note: As a non-profit, educational foundation, the Future of Freedom Foundation does not endorse Mr. Hornberger’s candidacy or any other candidacy.)
  • Regular guest commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s Freedom Watch on Fox Business Channel.
  • Guest appearances on Greta Van Susteren Show on Fox News, the John Stossel Show and Neil Cavuto Show on the Fox Business Channel, and the Ron Paul Liberty Report.
  • Speeches and lectures on libertarianism all across the United States as well as in England, Slovakia, Canada, Cuba, Guatemala, Brazil, and Argentina.

† Note: As a non-profit, educational foundation, The Future of Freedom Foundation does not endorse Mr. Hornberger’s candidacy or any other candidacy.



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