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Ask DP - Who Besides Ron Paul helped shape your politics?

I'll start (chronologically) NOFX (band), The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart, Immortal Technique (rapper), Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Andrew Napolitano, Amy Goodman (Democracy NOW!), Dennis Kucinich, Bernie Sanders.....obviously abridged - your turn.

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Honestly...

Thomas Woods, William T. Sherman, and the atomic bomb.

To make a long story short - in terms of local politics, I was already pretty libertarian by 15 or so. I'd been doing a lot of history reading, and Tom Woods had a pretty huge impact. I was very into the War for Southern Independence, and more or less utterly despised Sherman.

In terms of foreign policy, you'd have thought I was a neocon. But then I started thinking. Trying to reconcile my views of Sherman's campaign of madness with my views of the atomic bombs, and by extension, America's "Bomb first, shoot second, occupy third, ask questions two decades later" foreign policy. They wouldn't reconcile. I KNEW Sherman was in the wrong, and I THOUGHT modern policy was right. When push came to shove, I concluded that our entire foreign policy was wrong.

So yeah, one live guy, one dead guy, and a nuclear bomb completely corrected my foreign policy views.

Mine were not politicians, but public figures

Muhammad Ali
Louis Farrakhan
Frank Zappa
Woody Guthrie
George Orwell
Alex Jones....yes, he was on local access TV. Watched him instead of Sesame Street

The list goes on.

3rd party

I am 62. All of my political life I have voted 3rd party with the exception of John Kerry. I wanted Bush out so bad that I registered (D) and voted for Kerry. beside Dr. Paul, my politics were shaped by:
John F. Kennedy
Barry Goldwater
Ross Perot
Michael Badnarik
Thomas Woods
Lew Rockwell
Jesse Ventura
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
the "internet age" has broadened my spectrum.
last election I voted for Gary Johnson because Dr. Paul would not run 3rd party.

Jefferson. From the series

Jefferson. From the series John Adams. Also Preston Manning. But it's 90% Ron Paul.

Same answer as to the question: Who's music?

Answer: I listen to everything, I like what's good, try to understand what isn't, try to learn something from everything.

even Teddy Roosevelt disdained pandas

I got a list

My father..WWll Navy Vet & defender of the Constitution
His mom (Grandma) who had me watching news and reading the paper, and asking questions at age 5 (at age 4 I was past See Dick & Jane)
My granny (moms mom) Who taught me the Golden Rule
My mom was a Republican with Democrat values (vise versa for my dad) Confused..learned nothing from her on the matter
4th Grade teacher..a very sweet black lady who told us that people where Gods walking-talking-breathing-rainbows on earth...And He keeps putting the rainbow in the sky to show us all colors can be together in peace
My own curious nature as to why people allow corruption and keep elected it to office
The fact I was born-raised-during with a war going on and dont remember when we've ever really had a true time of peace
A boy I went to school with who grew up to join the Marines and did many tours Iran/Iraq...he killed himself less than a year ago. He just couldnt take seeing in his dreams what he saw over there anymore.
Ron Paul..of course
The question you ask doesnt leave room really for a simple answer. There are many things that came together to shape the lives of most of us and either woke us up..or if we where awake..gave us a voice to speak out.

I believe in Hope & Change..I Hope the government will Change
Spindale-Rutherford County-North Carolina

that's a beautiful sentiment

that's a beautiful sentiment expressed by your teacher...
Now that you mention teachers I have to include my 9th grade English teacher, Mr. Moody. He saw "Bad Religion" written on my shoe with a sharpie and pulled me into the hall to discuss their music as well as their political message (he said he had a few of their original vinyls) while the other students did the assignments...
He was impressed with my writing so him pulling me aside during class after lecturing became an almost everyday thing. During that time he taught me about anarchism, democratic socialism, laissez faire capitalism, etc. After making sure I sufficiently understood these concepts, we debated and he assigned papers specifically to me, forcing me to rationalize and back up my political positions with fact. I did none of the work required of the other students and instead received a grade based on those papers.
Thank you Mr. Moody - You were by far the best teacher I've ever had.

read None Dare Call it a Conspiracy in . . .

the 70s--

by the mid 1980s we heard about Ron Paul and began to read what he was teaching--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I didn't realize it at the

I didn't realize it at the time.... but South Park probably laid the groundwork for the mindset that I now hold. In 2004, I was too young to vote and think for myself, I told myself I was a democrat because it was 'cooler' than being republican. .

In the 2008 election cycle, i remember specifically watching Obama speak and being pretty stoked on him, he was talking about issues that spoke to me, ending the war, Guantanamo, environmental problems, etc. I was in a very liberal place in VT, Bernie Sanders was huge. Then I heard Ron Paul, from the first 2008 debate performance of his I watched, I was hooked. I still didnt have strong feelings against Obama and would've rather had him than McCain at that time, but I was naive to the actual American influence on Politics, or lack there of....

Ron Paul is who encouraged me to read into the philosophy of liberty, both personal and economic. Over the years, I've dabbled into Lew Rockwell, read most of Human Action, so Mises was huge, MIlton Friedman video's helped me a lot, a little Rothbard. Bastiat, Howard Zinn was a good read, John Stossel, Judge Napolitano, Chomsky, Terrence Mckenna, Dennis Kucinich. Now that I watch South Park, I understand the message.... this would not have been possible without Ron Paul, he reigns supreme

Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...

South Park is pretty much

South Park is pretty much libertarian all the way - great response.

Now hear me out..

but Obama and Bush! Why? Because their abysmally poor performance and criminal activity is why I became attracted the Paul's platform in the first place! I guess many of the Presidents before contributed to this as well. Reagan talked a good game, but that was about it. Ron Paul was the first politician I saw telling the truth no matter how unpopular it was.

Penn and Teller

At first It was just a magic show, then its was all about Bullshit. Then the bullshit just happened to be about Government. Understood personal freedom, but it was Dr. Paul who opened my eyes to Economic aspect which completed my view of Liberty.

His name is Edward Snowden

What is Capitalism?
http://youtu.be/yNF09pUPypw

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It was just growing up in Nevada

Everything was legal there. The state did not restrain you in any way. Drugs, of course, were illegal. That was federal. But the local cops didn't enforce the drug laws that much unless you got out of line.

Excuse my rambling; I'm sitting here smoking pot legally since I live in WA.

What I'm trying to say is that I grew up in a libertarian environment. It was culture shock moving to WA, but I'm doing my best to bring changes.

It didn't require "outside

It didn't require "outside sources" for me either...entirely environmental and easily explained psychologically - dad is a crazy, drug addicted authoritarian = rebellious kid then adult who wants peace and maximum freedom for everyone...I probably worded the question wrong - maybe "What public figures helped inform your political opinions?" or something...IDK people seem to understand what I'm getting at. I'm not asking who programmed what overall philosophy in your mind. BTW I'm "not" smoking anything illegal. Hard to be truthful with prohibition alive and well here. If money is free speech I should be able to talk herb w/ out getting raided.

Some people can just see that freedom and liberty work

I was a Libertarian for years, and I even got to vote for Ron Paul for president when he ran as a Libertarian. I've always been a supporter of Ron Paul.

I was upset at first when he went back to the GOP, but I understand now why he did it.

Nobody.

Not even Ron.

Reality was so real to me growing up that it needed no shaping.

Ron Paul helped solidify my politics but as far as shaping it - no, he didn't do anything.

Thanks for trying to help though :)

even Teddy Roosevelt disdained pandas

TOP FIVE

Ron Paul , Milton Freedman , Alex Jones , Webster Tarpley , Ben Swann

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My Nana

and the rest of my family.

Patriotism is a very big deal in my family. My family has fought in nearly every war, but absolutely fought for our independence. I was fortunate enough to be raised by a peacenic patriot.

She raised me with a devout devotion of our civil liberties. Aside from Dr. Paul, there was nobody that taught me better to believe in the power of Liberty.

'Peace is a powerful message.' Ron Paul

Without a word of a lie,

Bill (do-you think I'm Sexy?...yes I do!) Clinton and G W Bush.
I woke up when I realised that these two were two of the biggest lying, bullshitting, murderous, war mongering pricks, on the face of the planet....then I found Dr Paul.

Stefan Molyneux

Learned alot about true freedom from this man.

Also Larken Rose.

Harry Browne

"The Great Libertarian Offer" changed my life. Haven't been the same since. Thanks Das!

In this order:

1989 - present: Book of Mormon and Bible, teaching me of Christ and Satan, and the eternal battle between love and hate, freedom and slavery.
1992: An Enemy Hath Done This by Ezra Taft Benson
1993: None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Robert Allen
1993: The Naked Capitalist by Cleon Skousen
1993: The John Birch Society, Robert Welch
1994-ish: Harry Browne (I was a precinct leader and helped campaign for him)
Mid Nineties - present: Ron Paul caught by attention and I've been a fan since and student of his since.
2007 to the present: the Daily Paul blog has been influential
2010 to the present: Alex Jones. He's my newest hero and mentor. He's not perfect, but courageous he is, a patriot he is, an educated man he is, and a great educator he is.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

The same guy who Influenced Dr. Paul

Thomas Jefferson

In order of

In order of appearance

Dad
Barry Goldwater
William Cooper
Howard Philips
Dr Ron Paul

My Father, who always stressed self reliance, and if that was...

not sufficient, family, friends and faith community before the State.

My Husband, who saw the light on freedom an election before I did, and was patient enough to let me figure it out my self. (he knew I would come to the liberty position if I sought truth wholeheartedly)

Aaron Russo, for Freedom to Fascism, and the humor he infused into a 'terrifying' prospect.

G. Edward Griffin, for writing The Creature From Jekyll Island, and actually giving solutions in the book, not just telling us how bad it really is.

and Tom Mullen, whose piece here at DP, Jesus Christ, Libertarian, gave me needed encouragement.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Only Ron Paul !

He caused me to read and try to understand the U.S. Constitution, which is the basis for U.S. Politics.

beesting

For me, Ron Paul did not

For me, Ron Paul did not shape my politics...I already agreed with him by the time I found him, lol. My main influences (that I can think of right now) were Milton Friedman, John Stossel, and Judge Andrew Napolitano.

My Parents

My parents, things I learned in Sunday school, lots of historical novels about the Revolution, Harriet Tubman, Milton Friedman (1973), and on from there. Actually, some libertarians are born (me), and some are made by government.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

For me is a triangle.

Politics: Ron Paul
Economics: Peter Schiff
Philosophy: Penn Jillette.

Also Tom Woods was a great influence.