I hadn’t known about his old newsletters and their cesspool of racism and homophobia. But I didn’t need to know about them to know that I wanted nothing to do with Ron Paul’s brand of libertarianism.
Here’s why. I’m a libertarian because I’m a liberal. In other words, I support small-government, free-market policies because I believe they provide the institutional framework best suited to advancing the liberal values of individual autonomy, tolerance, and open-mindedness. Liberalism is my bottom line; libertarianism is a means to promoting that end.
Ron Paul, by contrast, is no liberal. Just look at his xenophobia, his sovereignty-obsessed nationalism, his fondness for conspiracy theories, his religious fundamentalism — here is someone with a crudely authoritarian worldview. The snarling bigotry of his newsletters is just the underside of this rotten log.
In the twentieth century, alas, American liberalism was heavily influenced by the socialist dream of supplanting markets with central planning and top-down control. That confusion begat confusion in response — namely, an antistatist movement heavily influenced by authoritarian resentment of liberal cultural values. Paul’s illiberal libertarianism is a particularly unattractive variant of this kind of “fusionism.”
With the collapse of socialism, however, American liberals have begun rediscovering the value of market competition. By my lights, many of them still have a long, long way to go. But encouraging that process — making the case that economic liberalization is of a piece with overall social liberalization — is the only way forward for those of us concerned about overweening state power. In this project, people whose values and habits of mind are deeply hostile to liberal modernity are not our allies.
Thanks for that.
I want to politely and respectfully disagree completely with everything up there. As the popular smear campaign is losing it's validity, the libertarian platform goes completely against being a racist or a homophobe because it puts individuality first. The reason why Ron Paul is contraversial is because of 2 things;
A. He wants to end the Federal Reserve (it's evidently not working for us).
B. He against sending more money or troups to Israel and against a war on Iran.....BIG reason why the special interest group driven popular media are out to kill any interest in him and smear his name in the face of what he really believes:
Here's what black people, including the Austin President of the NCAAP have to say about Ron Paul:
Now here's what the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has to say about American occupation in Israel:
Obama and Mitt Romney are two puppets fueled by these engines (in other words the same engine fueling popular media as well as the war in the middle east that so many Americans are getting sick of and are completely opposed to. Contributor list: Goldman-Sachs, Bank of America, JP MorganChase, CitiGroup, Morgan Stanley, etc.
Last but not least, Rand Paul was one of the few Senators to vote AGAINST the anti-constitutional NDAA.