LewRockwell.com writer Allan Stevo asks that I review his book, How to Win America for Ron Paul and the Cause of Freedom in 2012, which I don’t have time to do right now. It would be quicker for me to just say why I don’t think that a Paul presidency will do much good to save us from total ruin. But Stevo also provides a link to a .pdf version to read it if you are interested.
Now, personally, I am not as enthusiastic about getting Ron Paul elected president as many other libertarians might be. I am realistic about what the federal government is, about what central planning in general is, and that the current Leviathan mess just cannot be reformed. Not even Ron Paul can do it. No one can. As Hans-Hermann Hoppe noted, the idea of “limited government” is impossible.
But, if you want to vote for Ron Paul, then, just go ahead if you think that’s going to do any good. Given all the vote fraud and corruption and neanderthal media censorship of Ron Paul’s message, it doesn’t look good for him to even have any influence at the convention, no matter how many delegates he has. And, even if he’s elected president, he will be up against a degenerate, statist U.S. Congress. He can veto their crap, but they will override his vetoes.
Not that I’m down on Ron Paul. I have posted many articles by and about him, and videos of Dr. Paul’s interviews (especially this one, several times), and I wrote a lengthy post defending him against the disgustingly ignorant accusations against him of “racism,” based solely on some very small excerpts of just a few newsletters that he didn’t even write. Dr Paul couldn’t possibly be a racist, given that racism is of collectivism, and you can’t find anyone more anti-collectivist than Ron Paul (except for me of course). On the contrary, Paul is an individualist, and believes in the rights of the individual, and understands that there are no “group rights.” Paul believes that each individual is unique, and has an inherent, God-given right to own and control one’s own life, has a right to one’s own justly acquired property, and has a right to establish voluntary contracts with others. As Dr. Paul declared, the true antidote to racism is liberty.
So, as I noted, it would be better if we — including Ron Paul — could get more people to understand the federal government and central planning for what they are, and face the fact they they can never be made to “work.” In security and protecting us from foreign aggression, giving some elected and appointed bureaucrats monopoly powers of armed forces has only encouraged them to use such powers and such lack of accountability to intentionally provoke foreigners and start wars against other countries that were of no threat to us. Iran and Syria seem to be next on the psychopathic neocons’ and “humanitarian interventionists’” list. That is why, when people say that they “agree with everything Ron Paul says except in foreign policy,” they just do not know or do not understand history, especially the U.S. history of the past century, and that it is these central planners in Washington who have been the aggressors, the invaders, the intruders, the occupiers, and the provokers of foreigners, and NOT the other way around! (See here, here, here, here, here [.pdf], here, here, and here.)
Besides the inability of central planners in D.C. to protect a population of 300 million within a territory as large as the United States, and the inherent corruption and aggressiveness that comes with giving some people a monopoly in territorial protection that forbids possible competitive elements, all the other policies and programs of the federal government have been scams, frauds, intrusions, thefts, aggressions and violations into our freedom, our property and our security. Social Security (a.k.a. Socialist Insecurity) is a fraud and is inherently economically flawed. The federalization and politicization of education, not just since Jimma put it in there in 1980 (that Ronbo was too much of a political gutless wonder to remove), but since meddlers and communists began their intrusions in the mid-19th century, has resulted in the continual dumbing down of Americans. And the government’s takeover of land all across America and its misallocation of resources and/or prohibitions of the use of natural resources have also been immoral as well as regressive. (See here, here, here, here, here, and here [.pdf].
It can’t be fixed. But, if you want to continue voting for people you think might make things better, go right ahead. We need to do what we can to separate ourselves from the State, especially the centralized State. Kevin Carson wrote recently, “The more we build these things for ourselves, the less the state matters. The more we create the kind of free, fraternal, peaceful and human-friendly society we want to live in, without the state’s permission, and the more we render the state’s commands and prohibitions unenforceable, the more irrelevant the state becomes to us. It increasingly resembles a shrinking man, whose shouts become shriller and angrier the more he fades into insignificance.”
At the very least, we must dismantle the federal government, and let each state have total sovereignty and independence. When the people accomplish that, they can then get rid of their state governments, and so on. The American Revolutionaries did a good thing by separating themselves from the dictatorial central powers in Britain and establishing “independence.” But they then got drunk and stupidly formed the federal government to completely rebuild the very thing that oppressed them. This many years and decades later, will we finally wake up and understand that?