Ron Paul Included on 2012 TIME Magazine: The 100 Most Influential People in the WorldSubmitted by telepathic on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 22:03
Text by Ralph Nader
Paul, 76, draws a distinction between libertarian conservatives and those corporatist conservatives entrenching a corporate state in which Big Business merges with Big Government. That's why he is against bailouts. His defense of privacy and civil liberties and his opposition to the war on drugs endear him to people beyond his libertarian base. They even include some progressives who cannot abide his views against health, safety and economic regulations or his denunciation of the Federal Reserve's fiat money and social-welfare programs like Medicare.
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