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Ron Paul PSA

From jonathankorman, writing in debunkingwhite, a link to a piece on Ron Paul by Sara at Orcinus, which itself links to one article of a series on Ron Paul that ran in The Daily Kos last May, when I think fewer people were paying attention to him.

I think it would be a good idea to read these pieces now and investigate their implications.

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ferretonmeth
Jan. 2nd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I wasn't familiar with that community - thanks for the link.
altamira16
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
I really want to argue with them all of the time.
expanding_x_man
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Well, Ron Paul is a Libertarian more than a Republican. I know a few Libertarians and I find a lot of their philosophy appealing, but it goes too far. He is against social security and unemployment insurance for one thing, and their foreign policy ( in this case) is far too isolationist. I have not had a chance to read all these links but I will. Sounds like he has some very unsavory bedfellows on the far right. Of course, I have seen American Nazi websites that are pro-Palestinian and anti-Bush (since they think Bush is pro-Israel and therefore not anti-Jewish enough) -- and therefore, somewhat sympathetic to some goals of the far left. So, political alliances or -- resonances, can be unlikely and strange sometimes. The Libertarian right is not really socially conservative, (anti-gay or anti-choice) but they are anti-welfare -- which can sound or feel racist -- and sometimes, actually is racist.

I will read these links more carefully though and thanks! Very interesting stuff. He is not "progressive" liberal, or leftist at all - but a Libertarian which is another thing altogether.
eriktrips
Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
I have some rather libertarian views myself, but the base libertarian philosophy has nothing to do with why I hold them. libertarians seem to think that No One Is The Boss Of Me, which tends to ignore the interconnectedness of life on earth in general and within human society in particular. it would be nice if none of our actions had any consequences we needed to worry about, but unfortunately that's a fantasy, even sometimes an infantile fantasy.

but mostly I'm alarmed at the friends he's making amongst well-to-do young white "liberals" who seem to be eager to ignore his views on abortion, gay rights, race, and poverty, to name a few, just because he actually isn't afraid to be vehemently against the war in Iraq.
expanding_x_man
Jan. 3rd, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh, and of course, he does not stand a real chance!
eriktrips
Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
no, probably not. I think critiquing him could be a good exercise in learning how to choose your candidates though. of course every goddamned time I take a quiz that promises to match me with my candidate I get Kucinich, who doesn't stand a chance either. glassbooth seems to think that Obama is the least odious to me of those who do.
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