Dr. Paul introduced a truly small government philosophy to millions. The unassuming doctor from Texas, a Congressman long in the intellectual wilderness but consistent in message, has had arguably as much impact in this young century on American politics as any other American political figure. Politics is different today, and I would argue very much better, for Paul’s evangelizing.
The one and only time I met Ron Paul was in his office in DC in 2007. I had long admired him and I had come to pitch Dr. Paul on becoming a client of mine. I was a fledgling stock broker and I thought I might be able to interest him in some gold stocks.
What’s funny is that as soon as I walked through the door of his office and he and I sat down I forgot all about doing business and we just talked politics and strategy for about 20-25 minutes.
I left his office with a deepened respect for the man. Something which rarely happens (I now know) after meeting a politician in person.
I don’t remember who said this but it is absolutely true. One Ron Paul in Congress can be ignored and marginalized. But 20 Ron Pauls in Congress and House leadership has a big time problem.
Things in Ferguson Missouri are a bit out of hand. The looters are nuts and the response from the cops looks about as crazy. As bad as things might be in Ferguson, this kind of show of force (see above) by local law enforcement is over the top.
They are referring to the widely read and sited “Libertarian Moment” article in the New York Times Magazine of last week.
By no means a libertarian puff piece, it simply reports on the new found prominence of libertarianism generally.
We argued that there actually was no “moment,” but an emergence of a political philosophy which simply works better in the 21st Century than the top down command and control methods of the 20th Century, the century which brought us Fascism, Communism, the War on Drugs, and the Military Industrial Complex.
A pretty good article on the current state of libertarianism. Cautiously optimistic, with a touch of amused befuddlement the article examines the ascendancy of libertarianism into mainstream politics.
The barbarians are now inside the gates and things are absolutely changing. What is happening in Los Angeles is happening across the country. The libertarians are driving the GOP toward a more across the board small government philosophy. They are making big government conservatives uneasy and changing the dynamics of the American 2 party system.
I feel that there is a whole group of people who have come to see the insanity of the direction we are headed in who still hold Ron Paul at arm’s length. This is too bad, and frankly ignorant.
We have been “pressing the case for sound money” for a very long time. Many others, particularly those economists considered part of the Austrian School have been doing so for decades. It was the Austrian School economists who saw 2008 coming. It was the Austrians who warned the world. But the Austrians are a truly and deeply free market bunch, and politicians don’t like free markets. So the warnings went unheeded.
We are in the midst of an historic shift in American politics. As was said by a commentor on the Dianne Rehm show on Wednesday morning, the Tea Party is the most important and successful social movement since the civil rights movement.