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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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Marcus Aurelius

I read that name in an earlier reply here in this topic.

Marcus Aurelius was one of the early Liberty minded people who were known as the Stoics.

Another name in that line of thinking was Zeno of Citium.

Those are the roots of Liberty, as far as I can tell.

Anyway my list is long and it is getting longer.

In no specific order:

Josiah Warren
Stephen Pearl Andrews
Lysander Spooner
W.B. Green
Howard Bloom
Orson Scott Card
Carlos Castaneda
Kurt Vonnegut
Ludwig Von Mises
Thomas Paine
George Mason
Patrick Henry
Carl Miller
Carl Hess
Ron Paul
Albert J. Nock
Jesus Christ
Frank O'Collins
Jesse The Body Ventura
Gerald Celente
Howard Zinn
Noam Chomsky
Edward G. Griffin
Alex Jones
Adam Kokesh
John Taylor Gatto
My lovely wife
Brothers (4)
and most significant influence (defining the meaning of politics for me) to date:


Ok born in early 1950's

So that makes nearly 60 years. In order from early to present.
Kennedy assanation i was in school, made me wake up to the evil government.
Vietnam Johnson and Nixon wanted to kill me forcing me into the military and send me to Nam to die. So They changed my life without my permission.
Regan came along sounding good, I am a huge Western movie fan. But then he was caught selling druggs and murdering for zio IzUnreal followed by Clinton coke dealer and the trail of dead he and his wife left.
Bush the warmonger for IsUnreal followed by his son

All skunks .. Until

1. Dr. Ron Paul
2. Ross Perot but just a second because he got his wealth and experience leaching from the government. But he talked a good fight for a minute.

Thats it. In fact I moved some twenty two years ago exactly for the reason to be in RP 14 district Texas. Where I have been a loong time fighter for individual sovereignty.

There were none before RP in my life and dont look like any after him either.

But I do not look to government or to any other leader for my life. I do support my family freinds neighbors and those who want to lead that dont violate me.

Faux News tricked me politicaly for a bit but not long, they showed their true zionist colors quickly.


It was never a who for me

I have always been an issues person and found myself supporting people who stood for my issues.. My biggest issue was ending the war on drugs, and then it became industrial hemp, and now it's freedom, liberty and sovreignity.

In chronological order:1.Ron

In chronological order:

1.Ron Smith (RIP)(taught basic paleoconservative doctrine incl antiwar)
2.Pat Buchanan
3.Michael Savage(taught me the fraud of George w Bush and GOP even though I was already antiwar....surprised I survived him w/o becoming a neocon)
4.Ron Paul
5.Tom Woods/Tom Sowell/Peter Schiff
6.Milton Friedman
7.Murray Rothbard
9.Paul Craig Roberts
10.Glenn Greenwald
11.Alan Watt

Ventura 2012


Totalitarian States and the huge amounts of suffering they have caused.



Gov. George Wallace on states rights. If you are fighting a war. "Stop Pussy Footing Around" Vietnam/Communism.
Ross Perot on NAFTA. and the United We Stand Party. Independent.
Texe Marrs/Chuck Harder radio show, not that all the words were true. But, that it opened my eyes to a lot that were going on that you never heard of from any other source at that time.
Myself for being inquisitive. The Founders of this Nation.
The Daily Paul and all of you, for the most substantial information in one place on the internet.

It's time! Rand Paul 2016!

"Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

My parents..

My grandfather made moonshine and my father regaled us with tales of "revenuers", running booze from Dawsonville to Atlanta (his best customers were judges in Atlanta) and feuds with other moonshiners. His early life experiences shaped his ideas of government and personal freedom and he passed that on to us in spades. To this day (he's 84) he still gripes about "government whiskey".

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The DP has been my base.

In 2008, after I saw Dr. Paul on the debates, my life changed.

I went to a meet-up group on line and then to a sign waving event in a nearby town. Although I had voted for the "man" since 1980 (I voted for Reagan, Bush, Clinton), I had NEVER done ANYTHING so proactive as sign waving before that.

It was at this sign waving event in 2008 that I met a nice lady who turned me on to the DP.

I haven't been the same since. I became an American again that day.

I turned OFF the idiot tube and went alternative.

It has been a grand thing to see so many wake up.

However, the fight is just starting. Prepare.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

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However, the fight is just starting. Prepare.

However, the fight is just starting. Prepare.

So true. We like it or not.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

A friend of mine

In high school. Other than that I started developing my personal political philosophy as a thesis in 2006. I independently came to the conclusion that everyone is really just an autonomous individual with the power to make his own decisions and that we just act based on the circumstances surrounding us. We are all anarchists. There is force and lack of force and the role of government should be to unite people with a common self interest, the protection of freedom.

Then I found Ron Paul videos on YouTube after Romney lost the election and I realized that not only did my personal political philosophy exist already but that it was highly developed, coherent, and deliberately being hidden from me.

Tried posting it here. Didnt get much of a reception.



Ross Perot is on my list, not necessarily because I agree with what he says...But as a kid i was aware of the 3 people in the 1994 election and it taught me to be independent and suspicious of the other two parties who have not allowed real competition since then.

After Dr. Paul opened my eyes

I found Peter Schiff and Lew Rockwell,Judge Nopalitano, then Thomas Woods...After I read Meltdown by Woods, I started reading some of the Austrian Economists...Hazlitt, then Hayek... some Rothbard and I tried to hang with some Mises, but Human Action is a heavy book!....then found Basquiat...I also enjoy listening to Jim Rogers and Mark Faber. The last couple years I have enjoyed Stephan Molyneux. The biggest overall influence has probably come from just reading here at the Daily Paul.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Lew Rockwell and crew, Hazlitt, Mises, and Rothbard


my mom & dad

I went to many John Birch Society meetings with them as a kid.

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Edmund Burke.

Edmund Burke.

His famous reflections, I was lucky to stumble upon at 20 or so, have been an eye opener for me.

I hadn't even heard of Bastiat, yet.

For obvious reasons, you guessed it right.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

A proper response requires a confession first

I was a NeoCon warmonger 80% Repub/20% Dem sheeple until late 2011.

I completely missed the 2008 election cycle because I was buried deep in a failing business at the time.

In late 2011, I watched the first 3 GOP Primary debates (missed the real 1st one earlier that year) and it went like this:

1st debate: Hmmm, I really like Newt, I think he's my guy, but that Ron Paul dude, where'd he come from?

2nd debate: Santorum? What a clown! I think he's a closet queer, just comes across that way, my GayDar is tingling... Perry seems interesting...I still like Newt but there's something about this Ron Paul guy!

3rd debate: Wow! Ron freaking Paul? I'm going to have to dig into this guy! Very impressive! Never seen/heard anything like him!

Hook, Line and Sinker ever since...discovered the DailyPaul the next day and never looked back.

Now to answer the OP question.

I've been a reader my whole life.... At 16 I read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and discovered the concept of Objectivism

Right after that I read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins (every Libertarian should read this book!)

Then I read The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey

and those 3 books formed my perspective on the world.

All this time I was listening to music like Refugee's 'Affairs in Babylon', Crash Vegas' Red Earth and anything Neil Young

In my early to mid 20's I discovered talk radio and loved G Gordon Liddy and very early Glenn Beck (back when he still called himself and his callers 'sick freak'...look it up!)

I thought Reagan, Thatcher and Pierre Trudeau were an awesome 3-way!

When Canadian PM Trudeau's wife was caught at an airport with an ounce of weed, he went up 10 notches in my book.

I hovered on that political plane for most of my adult life...until those first 3 debates of late 2011

True Story

BTW, currently reading 'Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America's fight over WW2 1939-1941' by Lynne Olson

If any of you come across this book, there is one chapter that will open your eyes BIG TIME! "The Art pf Manipulation" It's #NSA the Prequel in ways you never knew.


One day, I'm gonna' change my name to Dale Lee Paul

Next on the top of my list was me.

Besides Dr Ron Paul, the person next on the top of my list was me. I still have others on my list who helped me a great deal.

Grea Post!

Great post! A good friend of mine, Larry Burke, influenced me greatly by introducing me to the John Birch Society. Other influences include G. Edward Griffin, George Orwell, Ayn Rand, Robert Welch, Washington, Jefferson, and lately, Andrew Napolitano, Pastor Baldwin, and Thomas Woods. I will be sure to check out some of the people that others have mentioned on this post. Thanks again!

Edgar Morgan

Peter Schiff

Most definitely a turning point listening to him. Ron Paul completed the transition from just an economic point of view to liberty as a way of life. You don't get exposed to these types of opinions in the course of your everyday life.

Tu ne cede malis.

Candidates for Liberty Webpage:

2016 Liberty Candidate Thread:

Same Here

Schiff was the guy who got me started down the rabbit hole.


Honestly. Marx. Not because I agreed with him, but because he was so widely shared as THE source for ideological interpretation. When reading Das Kapital, or TCM, I found myself refuting most of what he said. I thought to myself, this can't be right, I can prove most of his ideals as inaccurate and inconclusive.

That led me to Locke, Gustave De Molinari, Bastiat, Nietzsche, and Heinlein. These six intellectuals got my gears moving the most. Sadly, Ron Paul himself is somewhat dull as a pure intellectual, and that is not why I love Ron. He hasn't influenced me from a thought perspective. He has influenced me, based on being unbelievably disciplined and principled in applying the most consistent view of freedom when applied to the unwritten rules of society that we all have to function within.

Understood - in my list I

Understood - in my list I just tried to pick from different areas - politicians, intellectuals, media figures, music...I appreciate yours and everyone else's feedback - this has been and continues to be interesting (to me at least)

Ian Freeman, Mark Edge, Harry

Ian Freeman, Mark Edge, Harry Browne, Michael Bardnarik, Doug Stanhope, Bill Hicks, Murray Rothbard, Lao Tzu, Walter Block, Jeffrey Tucker, Stephan Kinsella and Larken Rose.

I hold Browne and Tucker in very high esteem because of their conviviality. Browne was an exceptionally thoughtful person.

Ian Freeman is one of my heroes.


It's so awesome to see this comment. Been a fan of FTL for a while. Ian and Edge seem like such a hard-working and dedicated dudes. Definitely under appreciated considering the scope of their work.


Yes, they really made an

Yes, they really made an impact on my life as a young twenty something. I started listening to them right around 2005 or 2006, when they were in Florida, Ian was Ian Bernard, Mark was Manwich and Torgo was well Torgo (I don't believe he's been on the show since they moved to Keene). I listened to every show for at least a couple of years. I discovered them at the same time I discovered Doug Stanhope, and coincidentally they interviewed Stanhope within like a week afterwards. This was right around the time I watch America Freedom to Fascism, which was what introduced me to Ron Paul, and again they interviewed him within a couple of weeks after I watched it. They also interviewed Michael Bardnarik, and through that I watched his entire Constitution class video online. Ian would often talk about the influence Harry Browne had on him, and that's how I was introduced to Harry Browne.

I have always enjoyed Mark's perspective, especially as a person who has spent a significant portion of his life in prison. It was a perspective I never really heard before. I think I became much more open and accepting of others from different situations.

What I found interesting is that when I first started listening, I had essentially the same views as Ian (constitutionalist). After a couple of years I didn't listen as often. Every so often I would check back, and sure enough, Ian was progressing towards a more stateless society view, as was I. The things that he and other people are doing there in Keene, with the Free State Project, are remarkable and noble.

Thoreau and Emerson

lit my fire for the truth a long time ago.

Dr. Paul helped me land on the truth 2 years ago

I'll throw a name out there

I'll throw a name out there that isn't very well known. Mason Tvert. He formed SAFER back in Denver a good number of years ago now. I worked with him on his first campaigns, which just so happened to be the first political campaign that I ever became involved with. I was out collecting signatures for one of the ballot initiatives, when someone came up to me and agreed to sign my petition if I listened to his speech for a few minutes.

And what is it that you think that guy wanted to talk about?


I had never heard of Ron Paul before that day. This was circa 2007-08. and I've been hooked ever since.

So because of Mason and Safer, I became a Ron Paul addict. ;-)

mason tvert is the man as

mason tvert is the man as well. I was a marijuana activist already in the mtns when i met mason. Have never looked back! We are going to hold these politicians accountable. This i promise especially on the marijuana issue!

Ron Paul 2016

Oustanding messenger

"I was out collecting signatures for one of the ballot initiatives, when someone came up to me and agreed to sign my petition if I listened to his speech for a few minutes."

What a wonderful and savvy person to do that. Make sure to pass that on!
Thanks for sharing that.

Never thought politics was real

always thought it scam, first tat was an A done with sewing needle thread and India ink. Ron Paul made me doubt that all politicians were lying theives. Actually I think Dr Paul is just the exception that proves the rule.

As adult - Lysander, garret Garett, Jefferson, and Murray. I have no faith in anything changing in DC as they are completely lawless. They are anarchists with an army, navy and homeland security thugs. Can't wait till it goes the way of the USSR and just implodes.


Liberty = Responsibility