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12 Important Quotes From Ron Paul's Speech On The Non-Aggression Principle

Hardcore libertarians should be very pleased with Ron Paul’s farewell speech, in which he cited government’s monopoly on violence as the root of society’s problems. Throughout the speech Dr. Paul constantly referenced violence and expressed hope that through the liberty movement, many in society would come to understand and adhere to the non-aggression principle. I never thought I would see the day that Ron Paul or anyone else for that matter would give a nearly hour long speech touting the merits of the non-aggression principle in front of Congress. This speech has the feel of one that will stand the test of time, as Dr. Paul made many eloquent points as well as ominous predictions.

Don’t have time for the full speech? Well today’s your lucky day, because we’ve cut a little highlight package for you. Without further delay and in no particular order, here are 12 important quotes from Ron Pau’s non-aggression speech.

1. A grand, but never mentioned, bipartisan agreement allows for the well-kept secret that keeps the spending going. One side doesn’t give up one penny on military spending, the other side doesn’t give up one penny on welfare spending, while both sides support the bailouts and subsidies for the banking and corporate elite.

2. Without an intellectual awakening, the turning point will be driven by economic law.

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Thorough enjoyment

The man also brought up the writings of Murray Rothbard in response to a caller's question on the Federal Reserve during a C-SPAN interview this morning.

"The rich man writes the book of laws the poor man must defend, but the highest laws are written on the hearts of honest men."

+1 Voluntaryism

+1 Voluntaryism

Ron Paul, the Voluntaryist

At the end of the speech, Ron brings up voluntarism.

The problem we have faced over the years has been that economic interventionists are swayed by envy, whereas social interventionists are swayed by intolerance of habits and lifestyles. The misunderstanding that tolerance is an endorsement of certain activities, motivates many to legislate moral standards which should only be set by individuals making their own choices. Both sides use force to deal with these misplaced emotions. Both are authoritarians. Neither endorses voluntarism. Both views ought to be rejected.



Another reference to the N.A.P. from Ron's farewell speech:

A society that boos or ridicules the Golden Rule is not a moral society. All great religions endorse the Golden Rule. The same moral standards that individuals are required to follow should apply to all government officials. They cannot be exempt.

This above quote reminds me of when Ron Paul said: "Government should never be able to do anything you can't do."

Video here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=JM8d_Arjz6g#t=982s

you can

tell that broke his heart when American Christians boo'd the golden rule

They may claim to be

They may claim to be Christians, but they are anything but. Christians don't boo the golden rule.

Just curious

Who on earth down votes a post that does nothing but quote Ron Paul on a Ron Paul site? Just curious.

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Am I reading too much into

Am I reading too much into it, or was that speech a cry for anarcho-capitalism?

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I don't know how else 'monopoly on violence' could be...

I don't know how else the whole 'monopoly on violence' discussion could be interpreted otherwise. That is sort of a pretty major argument to pepper in a speech.

If he was having a discussion with any of the other 500 legislators or just about anybody it would be like 'wha? WTF? what do you mean monopoly of violence?? what are you talking about??"

I hope nobody gets nitpicky about him blending constitutional and an cap messages!

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My thoughts exactly!

Though maybe I'm just inclined to "hear what I want to here", but if his main point is the reject of the initiation of violence, how can it be read any other way?

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Was the speech

well attended by those in Congress. Do memebers of congress have the ability to listen and digest non agression principle? Regardless, awesome speech. Hopefully, his retirement mean he'll be speaking more, not less!

Knowing the douches in congress

Most of them probably took naps during the speech, thus the polite silence.

Thanks for sharing

Hopefully some people will at least have time to read this if they cant carve out a few minutes for the actual speech.