Ron Paul is Wrong Paul (How One Democrat Sees Us)Submitted by legalizeliberty on Sun, 10/04/2009 - 14:51
If there is one thing that is clear in the great debate about ObamaCare, it is that the Libertarians are now as strong a force as the recently discredited NeoCons. The Campaign for Liberty, and libertarians generically, are all enjoying a boon based on the fear of government.
It is worth noting an important difference between the NeoCons and the Libertarians. The NeoCons had a blind faith in the power of the American military and industry, whereas the libertarians have a blind faith in the free market. NeoCons did not really trust a free market. For them, the government was a tool of personal power by creating privileges for the oligarchy of banks, insurance companies and munitions manufacturers. It was a gravy train with a lot of boxcars.
Libertarians, in contrast, tend to be free-thinking individuals who are sensitive to the hypocrisy of both Democrats and Republicans. They do not trust any government program or statist control of their personal lives. What they do believe in is the old Adam Smith straw that the economy somehow magically ‘self-regulates.'
It is important that Progressives understand the differences between NeoCons and Libertarians. The NeoCons collapsed on their failures. Progressives did not win the political battle; cause and effect simply caught up with NeoCon idiocy. Progressives again seem to be losing the political battle, as the recent vote that excluded single-payer demonstrates. Progressives have been unable to draw a distinction between what the government can do well, and what the government should not do. The Libertarian position, fed by fear, principles, a general distrust of government incompetence, and a faith in free enterprise is where the policy debate is centered. Standing in the center of this debate is the unlikely hero, Ron Paul.
Compared to the NeoCons, Ron Paul appears to be a reasonable Republican. He has long made the Federal Reserve a target of his scorn. He sees the Fed as a power unto themselves with an unregulated monopoly on the creation of money. Ron Paul is a fiscal conservative. Attacks on the national bank have a long American tradition, going back at least until the days of Andrew Jackson. Jackson also attacked the aristocracy the the NeoCons represent in modern times. It is no surprise then, that libertarians refer to themselves as ‘patriots.' They believe they are fighting huge intrusive government in the likes of Sam Adams, Thomas Paine and other American revolutionaries. They want their guns, their money, their land, and they do not trust lawyers who disrupt the sanctity of the free marketplace.
If Progressives are to make any advances, then they need to make a better rebuttal against both the conservative Republican ideology (shared by many Democrats) and the Libertarians.
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