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The Libertarians Were Right

Steve Deace | Jun 15, 2013

One of the most brilliant and famous allegories in the history of Western literature is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Whole books have been written on its multiple layers of allegorical subtext. One of my favorites is the ring of power itself.

Symbolic of fallen human nature, the ring of power corrupts everything it touches. The evil Sauron, inspired by Lucifer, seeks to possess the ring so that he can subdue all of Middle Earth with it. Mankind seeks the ring believing that if “good people” possess it they will use its power for good, but alas these “good people” are unable on their own to rise above their base fallen nature, and thus the ring of power corrupts them as well. “Good people” end up becoming monsters. Only by casting the ring of power into the fire, which is a Biblical metaphor for purifying/refining, can Middle Earth be saved.

Such is also the case with government.

During the George W. Bush years, Republicans gained total control of the federal government for the first time in half a century. While this was obviously better than the alternative, it was still fraught with peril because the temptation was to believe that “big government” becomes “compassionate conservativism” and thus becomes our friend when “our guys” are in control of it. Instead of dismantling the statist monstrosity threatening liberty, we just tried to manage it better.


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here's some audio from his show

last week, basically saying the same thing he said in the above column, that libertarians were right and conservatives like him should have listened to them.


Yeah he's been coming around lately...

here's a clip from his show a few weeks ago talking about how the wars have been a disaster and we need to stop getting involved in all these conflicts around the world... says he previously bought into the neocon groupthink during the Bush presidency but he repudiates it now.



Told you so.


Totally agree with Robert Timsah below. Excellent comment.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

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I think we should welcome such articles. We should always be willing to accept new converts to our side. Not wall ourselves off from years of bitter scorn and defeat.

I just hope Steve Deace is serious about it.

I like the picture of Ron at the top, but not the way they imply

he is a different breed, if a friendly one, and not a conservative.

But while I think Deace is more political than my preference, I think he is actually trying to figure out right and wrong, and I can respect that.

Integrity means having to say things that people don't want to hear & especially to say things that the regime doesnt want to hear -RonPaul

It's a bait and switch with every election

Reminds me of the old joke, "yesterday you were a prospect, today you are a client"