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Ron Paul Exclusive: I Am Not An Anarcho Capitalist

Ron Paul in a speech at Oberlin College is asked about his thoughts on Anarcho-Capitalism. Ron Paul says that "He is not there yet" And that he supports a more minimalist view of government (minarchist).

See 1:02:35 in this video:


http://youtu.be/W5K_IZTSwHU

Direct link to 1:02:35:
http://youtu.be/W5K_IZTSwHU?t=1h2m35s



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Michael Nystrom's picture

Exactly

Perhaps those who have drawn strict ideological lines will notice that Lew Rockwell - an ancap - and Ron Paul, a minarchist - can actually have a cordial discussion and work towards common goals in spite of their differing beliefs.

He's the man.

There's very little

There's very little difference between the two. Ron thinks politics is still worthwhile because there's still hope for furthering freedom by changing the system from within. Lew disagrees, he believes that the system is hopeless. On pretty much everything else they agree.

In my good days I'm with Ron. In my more frequent bad days, with Lew.

I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be. Albert Einstein

hm

well, i couldn't agree with the two of you more.

He did leave the door open.

He did leave the door open. He said he is not there YET!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

If I say "I'm not there yet",

If I say "I'm not there yet", I'm choosing words to be inclusive. I don't for a second believe Ron will ever be an anarchist. He'd never have gone into politics if he believed in such a thing. How many elected Anarchists are there in US government? None that I know of.

"How many elected Anarchists

"How many elected Anarchists are there in US government? None that I know of."

How many elected communists are there in US Government? None, but most of them act like it.

Even though Ron Paul didn't run as an Anarchist, he tends to lean in that direction. I didn't watch the entire speech but Ed Ucation here quoted Ron as saying "may be that should be the ultimate goal".

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

I'd say Ron leans

I'd say Ron leans Libertarian, yet he isn't a Libertarian.

Ron Paul is a little "l"

Ron Paul is a little "l" libertarian as evidenced by his many successful elections as a Republican. Don't confuse the subject.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

And your dragging in the

And your dragging in the Communist strawman was keeping the thread on track?

Yes.

Yes.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Yea

Yea he isnt there yet, and believes Anarchism isnt practical for a very long time to come. He said we have a hard enough time stopping the slide into tyranny. So maybe as a distant goal, AnarchoCapitalism is fine, but as something short term its not feasable.

True, the sheeple are so

True, the sheeple are so dumbed down it's going to take at least a generation to turn this around towards freedom

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Glad he said it.

The man is very wise indeed.

I guess Adam Kokesh can stop

I guess Adam Kokesh can stop linking Ron Paul with his own Anarcho Capitalist views.

If you disagree with me on anything you are not a real libertarian...

Yep

I wonder what Adam thinks now?

Michael Nystrom's picture

OMG! He's a statist!!!

Call the attack dogs!

/ end sarcasm

He's the man.

Heh, heh... Ron is more or

Heh, heh... Ron is more or less what he says he is, it's just that some folks prefer to impose on him their own views.

When Ron ran in 2008 I thought he was something he turned out not to be because some of his positions were too vague. Once I found out, I was disappointed yet I still supported him over others.

I've said it several times now

We need a "sarcasm" font.
And to the list of states, I would like to see "confusion," "disbelief" and "denial" added.
Well, that's it for my thoughts. If he does not believe exactly like I do on every single thing, I guess it is time for me to surrender my capacity to think to him and never speak of self-governance again.
See? I need that font, too.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Michael Nystrom's picture

A font to represent emotion...

Now there's an idea.

Let's get Jon in on this. Joη that is. Not just any Jon.

He's the man.

"Not just any Jon?"

Well, I was ready to head to the corner.... "Hey baby, what's shakin'?" to find you a Jon... ;)

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

Bookmarked

for later. Thanks! I always appreciate listening to what the Good Doctor has to say.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine