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Why Don’t More Individuals Try To Influence Through Intellectual Conversation Rather Than Force?

{Editor’s Note: This is the 27th installment of a series of articles attempting to address the 32 questions posed by Ron Paul in his recent farewell speech given in front of Congress. Check out the previous installment, “Why Don’t More Defend Both Economic Liberty And Personal Liberty?”}

The actual question posed by Ron Paul is, “Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?” However, that’s far too long for a article headline, thus my truncation.

Let’s tackle this question first by addressing Ron Paul’s reference to “Force” and define what that is in the context of this question. Force is not simply an aggressive physical act. Force, in this case, can be the creation of a monopoly for services, the removal of rights, restriction of access to products, or the use of psychological battery through fear mongering. So when Ron refers to “Force,” he is referring to a wide array of tactics which nest in the realm of an attack upon a person’s mind, body or liberty.

I also want to clarify how I interpret the phrase ”Intellectual Influence” in the question posed – namely that to my understanding Ron is referring to a non-aggressive intellectual debate, wherein ideas, facts, opinions and principles are discussed without malice. So, now that that’s out of the way…

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Force

Is the tool of tyrants. If a certain position is so great, you should be able to convince others through persuasion.

This is the path of liberty. This is the path we choose.

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Right

The pen is mightier than the sword.

Intellectual implies using the mind...

I fear this habit has become an exception, especially with those recent generations brought up in collective-thinking schools (no independent thought), unable to communicate without a handheld electronic device, or via the medium of social networking.

All of this atrophies the mind.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Very true

It's a good point, plus the rise of social media, which rewards fragmented thought most likely erodes the ability to compose longer, well thought out arguments.

ideas are powerful

As Dr. Paul frequently says. The people will wake up to the he ideas of liberty or this entire society based on coercive force is going down.