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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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Ed Clark initially...

...but it really was Harry Browne that had the most influence (even with Ron Paul included)

oh! and Ralph Nader. He

oh! and Ralph Nader. He should be included, even in my abridged list.

Richard Nixon.

I was a teenager when Nixon was in office. President Nixon proved that politicians could not be trusted.

Dr. Paul proved there are exceptions to every rule.

My Philosophy stems...

Definitely a fun question to ponder and remember. :)

My philosophy largely stems from my radical hippie mom who introduced me at a young age to political discussion, to wit I am eternally grateful.

Upon her learning of the "libertarian" philosophy she quipped, wow how is everyone NOT libertarian?"

As for the well-known folks, other than Ron Paul who helped me expand and refine my intellectual horizons, my influences would be:

  1. Thomas Jefferson
  2. Judith Sargent Murray
  3. Frederick Douglass
  4. Thomas Paine
  5. Abigail Adams
  6. Nancy Heart
  7. Frédéric Bastiat
  8. Brian Bex
  9. Harry Browne
  10. John Stossel
  11. Dr. Woods
  12. Jeffrey Tucker
  13. John Adams



I don't know who downvoted you

But I'll upvote.

Should be on everyone's list. Thinking critically is one helluva skill to have.

Great point.

Besides Dr Ron Paul, the

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.

Harry Browne

Harry Browne

Ron Paul 2016

a lot of reference to Harry

a lot of reference to Harry Browne - I'll be checking him out too.

I never was political....

...until I looked into Ron Paul. Then I was Astounded. He made so much sense. What else is there to say?

Oh, as far as non Ron Paul influences...........I won't say.

I believe in individuals. Nothing can change that. No religion, no country, no group. No man, except me.

Man Made God
Man is God
I am Man
I am God

I show respect where it is deserved. I help when needed, or asked. I see you as a human. or an animal. It is your choice. YOU decide how I react to you.

To be my friend, you have made quite the accomplishment. Why? Because I say so.

You can say otherwise, but I don't care.

Hows that for individualism?


Grade school history teaching
Great fiction books boys read with independent brave heroes
Ayn Rand -Anthem
Milton Friedman Free to Choose
Jacob Sullum
Libertarian Party of Illinois
National Libertarian Party
Walter Williams
William Buckley
Harry Browne
Carla Howell
Dave Doctor -Libertarian Rock
Hugh Downs
Reason -Mag and Foundation
Adam Smith
National Review
Waco: The Rules of Engagement
Alan Greenspan
FEE The Freeman -I Pencil
Bumper Hornberger
Sheldon Richman
James Bovard
Frederiech Bastiat
Thomas Sowell
Cato Institute
Joe Bast -Heartland Institute
Penn Gilette
Sudbury School research
John Stossel

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

I missed a few

Robert Welch -John Birch Society
Barry Goldwater
Ronald Reagan
Aaron Russo -Beers in Palatine
Matt Stone & Trey Parker
Henry Hazlitt -Economics in One Lesson
John Stuart Mill
John Locke
Free born John Lilburne
Anne Turgot -French Libertarian Economist
Thomas Paine Common Ssense -The Age of Reason
Friedrich Hayek -Road to Serfdom
Sharon Harris -The Advocates
David Boaz -Libertarianism: A Primer, The Libertarian Reader
R.W. Bradford Liberty Magazine
Tucker Carlson -media
Thomas Szasz -Psychiatry
Rudolf Rummel -Democide
Leonard Read -I Pencil
Robert Ringer -Ballot Access News
Virginia Postrel -Reason
Jim Tobin -Americans for Tax Reform

I've ended up being a Deontological Minarchist Libertarian with Georgist transitional practicality and Athiest origins....I think.

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

WACO: Rules of Engagement

WACO: Rules of Engagement ruined my life, for it tore off the last remnants of my rose-colored rah-rah America glasses.

Great response - lots of

Great response - lots of examples...Some of which I like, some I could do without, but most importantly some I've never heard of and that = learning opportunity which was the intent of this post

One more for Harry Browne

Heard him on a late night radio show in the mid-90's when I was stationed in Alaska. Made more sense than Rush Limbaugh, so I got his book, Why Government Doesn't Work, and I haven't been the same since.

yep,harry browne opened the

yep,harry browne opened the door or i would of never bothered with a gop ron paul.

Ron Paul 2016


Pat Buchanan, Bob Novak, Al Hunt, and Mark Shields!
My absolute all time favorite!!!

Besides that, I'd say these gents had an impression:

Cornelius Tacitus
Luo Guanzhong
Jack Vance
Star Trek (some excellent politics in the mix which struck me at a young age, that would be Rodenberry and Matheson i think?)
Phillip K. Dick
Jello Biafra
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Marcus Aurelius

Biafra seems like he wouldn't fit, but those lyrics were the reason I became awake at a very young age. (Question government - criticize government but not left/right)

Wonderful Contrast

Simply a wonderful contrast of Buchanan and Biafra.

While Punk Rock music was definitely fun and catchy, it was odd for me to realize the message in the lyrics, which largely advocate more government.


I agree with that to the extent

That many punk rock/heavy metal bands of the 70s/80s absolutely hated corporatism and wished government would put limitations on corporate power and monopolies.

Of course that message became obsolete in the 90s when the corporate and foreign lobbies took full control of Washington.

A lot of that sentiment came from the anti-consumerism messages of early George Romero and the like. Some people could see where things were headed.

The vast majority of punk was anarchistic of course and questioned everything.

Carnosaur... is that Romero?

That movies is great. All about corporatists control of food supply, GMO food and GMO weaponized diseases, and of course GMO Dinosaurs! Lol.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

I believe that's Roger Corman

Carnosaur wasn't half bad for a B movie when it was made - I enjoyed it.

Romero did The Crazies, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead which have a lot to say about out-of-control government, consumerism, militarism, corporatism and science.

Bad Religion = Smartest rock

Bad Religion = Smartest rock lyrics ever! Not just in punk.

Larken Rose, Lysander Spo if

Larken Rose, Lysander Spooner, Stefan Molyenuex, if you don't know them!check them out!

Got a clue back in the early 1960s because of

Barry Goldwater, Sr. and considered myself a Goldwater Republican until I learned more about Dr. Ron Paul in 2007. Not a huge leap between the two. One was yesterday, when I was young, the other is today, now that I am old(er).

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

Cool to hear two figures from

Cool to hear two figures from different times. It would be interesting if people included their age in their comments or when they were influenced...I'm 26 and it started with NOFX at age 14...Don't feel like you have to include that, but I swear I won't sell your info to anyone haha

Randy Barnett's book - The

Randy Barnett's book - The Presumption of Liberty

Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or

Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival was the "wake-up" moment a lot of people on here talk about. I noted the title of the book you named for later pdf stealing and reading or skimming if I can't get into it.

My politics were shaped

by reading books about our founders. Washington, Franklin, Madison, and Jefferson being the biggest influence. I was into history and politics came later.

In the modern day, the first campaign or politician that got me excited was Pat Buchannan.

Discovered Ron Paul here in the summer of the 2007.

Thank you for making the

Thank you for making the distinction - I meant it as typed but that's something that could be easily confused.

Harry Browne

I read his book "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World" when I was 23, immediately after I had just finished Atlas Shrugged

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

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