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Who Needs Ron Paul Anyway?

(disclaimer: The title of this post is intentionally provocative - haters, downvote all you want).

Who Needs Ron Paul Anyway?

When I say 'Ron Paul' in the title you must understand that I also mean to include Tom Woods, Ludwig Mises, Andrew Napolitano, Lew Rockwell, Adam Smith, Ayn Rand, Rothbard, Hayek, all the great names of libertarian thought and Austrian Economics. Just would have been to long of a title is why they weren't included.

But back to the point - who needs any of these people? What if they had never been born? Suppose that technology continues to advance, and some sadistic jerk in the future decides to go back and kill all of these individuals in their cradles? Do our individual sovereign rights exist because these rare individuals existed to define them for us?

I was a sovereign before I knew what the word sovereign meant. I was born free much before I knew what the word freedom truly meant. In answer to the top post at dailypaul at this writing - what will you do after Ron Paul - my answer is, I will be what I was before I ever heard the name Ron Paul - a free man.

(of course I was just a boy when I heard of Ron Paul but the metaphor still applies).

If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him. This was a post of Michael's here on DP just a while back which should be required reading for anyone before they are allowed to post on this forum. If you've come here to worship Ron Paul then you've come to the wrong place. If you've come here to praise the ideas of Mises or Hayek or Jefferson or anyone else then I have to tell you you have been misguided. The ideas these men discovered are no more theirs than the idea of gravity belongs to Newton - they were there all the time, waiting to be discovered. Gravity would still be there whether or not Newton had ever been born. Freedom, liberty would still be there whether or not any of the heroes of the Liberty Movement had ever lived. They are and always were in you as your birthright as a human being. They are yours.

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Amen...

Thank you for your message and foresight. You are not alone, brother...

Intentional unecessarily provacative headline?

Downvoted.

As for the content, everyone needs teachers.

Well...

...I suppose I don't have any disagreement with the substance of the OP. No one "owns" the ideas central to libertarianism....though I'm not sure what value there is in denigrating the contributions of people like Mises et al. Here's a newsflash: most people aren't of the intellectual calibre of a Mises. If Mises had been smothered in his cradle, we very well may NOT have the body of knowledge we have now; we very well may NEVER have gained that knowledge. Such brilliant minds are few and far between. Shall we be a personality cult? Hell no. Shall we respect those personalities who have done so much for our cause, often at great personal risk and cost? Hell yes.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

You've stated my meaning in far fewer words...

This essay isn't even how I actually feel - I live by and for the thoughts of these great individuals.

Had they never been? Shudder.

9-11 was a panda job.

And Friedman

Milton Friedman... sorry his name escaped me before.

9-11 was a panda job.

Friedman?

...he was no advocate of laissez faire, and can only be considered an ally in comparison to the hardcore Keynesians, which isn't saying much.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."