Alternate headline: Libertarian group still oblivious to the inefficacy of the political system
Fusionism needs to die. The libertarian movement is not some step-child of the Republican party. Libertarianism is an ideology independent of the duopoly of political parties. Pushing libertarianism into the tent with individuals like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Mike Lee damages the movement’s legitimacy by making it appear as another brand of conservatism and giving those on the left the ammo they need to attack these conservative politicians as libertarians when they clearly are not. It perpetuates the stereotype that libertarians are just Republicans who haven’t grown up yet.
If liberty is to triumph in this world it will do so not by participating in the political system but by innovating around it. Instead of voting on legislation to audit the Fed, we should encourage the use of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to break the central bank monopoly on money. Instead of expending scarce resources on political candidates we should be trying to innovate around the state until it is obsolete. If voting changed anything it would be illegal.
“There is a massive crash coming. The seeds have been sown for decades now. This crash will dwarf any crash seen in the history of the world. It is inevitable. The coming bubble is gigantic and it is already leaking. To my understanding of the market and the global economy the bond bubble is so big because of the world wide fiat currency and rampant inflation. Even though I encourage people to run for Congress and encourage champions such as my son and Congressman Amash to speak truth- I do not see a time in the near future where we will be able to end the Federal Reserve through Congress. They may tinker with policy, but ending quantitative easing and such will not occur. The bubble will continue to grow and become so big that they simply will not know how to handle it. It is an addiction. The country and the world are addicted to this type of spending.”
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden donated to Ron Paul in 2012
An exclusive from fellow RedStateEclectic blogger Angela Thornton Canny reveals that the whistleblower in the center of the massive blockbuster leaks regarding the NSA’s outrageous spy programs—Edward Snowden—is a possible Ron Paul supporter.
That would make it the second consequential leak in recent history committed by courageous libertarians (the first being Bradley Manning).
“Well, it should go without saying, [Obama] has gone way too far. It should also go without saying, he’s acting with the use of illegal violence. I’ve always assumed the line in the sand will be drawn, if the federal agent marches in, unannounced and they say, well give me your gun and give me your gold. I don’t think we’ll do that, calmly. I think the American people will highly resent it and resist.”
— Ron Paul on the talk of an executive order to restrict gun ownership.
In Ron Paul’s time in Congress, he now believes that the Military Industrial Complex and the Banking Industry and the most powerful, dangerous special interest in America.
While spending several decades in and out of Washington, Ron Paul believes that welfare is currently more of a problem being given to large corporations and other special interests. While it may not be in this interview, Paul has warned that the US is traveling down the road to Fascism — extreme nationalism, militarism, centralization of power, and corporatism. Unlike Paul, I would argue we’re already there.
In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without Congressional declaration, deficits rise to the sky, poverty is rampant and dependency on the federal government is now worse than any time in our history.
All this with minimal concerns for the deficits and unfunded liabilities that common sense tells us cannot go on much longer. A grand, but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well-kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending, the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending, while both sides support the bailouts and subsidies for the banking and corporate elite.
Ron Paul’s Farewell Speech to Congress, Nov. 14, 2012 (transcript)
He covers a lot. Here’s his closing statement:
To achieve liberty and peace, two powerful human emotions have to be overcome. Number one is “envy” which leads to hate and class warfare. Number two is “intolerance” which leads to bigoted and judgmental policies. These emotions must be replaced with a much better understanding of love, compassion, tolerance and free market economics. Freedom, when understood, brings people together. When tried, freedom is popular.
The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.
I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out “the plain truth of things.” The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people world-wide, is to pursue the cause of liberty.
If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land.