Ron Paul, in 2007, You changed the World! The Rise of 'Ron PaulS,' OUTSIDE of America - the Australian EditionSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 10:57
"We support genuinely liberal policies based on 'Austrian economics' in contrast to the Keynesian claptrap routinely espoused," Day explains. [** "liberal" in the classical sense]
September 28, 2013 12:00AM
South Australia's senator-elect Bob Day, chairman of the Family First Party. Picture: James Elsby Source: TheAustralian
RECENTLY retired US politician Ron Paul lost the Republican nomination for president, but his tireless and consistent advocacy of classical, small-government liberalism indelibly transformed US politics, splintering the Republican Party and awakening a generation of younger, typically left-leaning voters to the idea that social and economic liberalism go hand in hand.
Australia's Labor and Liberal parties should brace themselves for two home-grown Ron Pauls: Bob Day, chairman of the Family First Party, and David Leyonhjelm, treasurer of the hitherto obscure Liberal Democratic Party, who are set to enter the Senate next July for South Australia and NSW respectively, with profound ramifications for policy and politics alike.
Far from supporting Tony Abbott's signature paid parental leave and direct action on climate change policies, Day and Leyonhjelm - two successful businessmen in their early 60s - will seek to reverse the inexorable growth of government spending and regulation and convince their tyro colleagues to do the same.
"We are not hard-hearted but people in the first instance should look to themselves, their family and civil society before laying claim to other people's taxes."
** Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul's next speaking destination? Land Down Under! Go, Ron! Go! Go! Go! [While the exchange rate is still okay-ish!] .D
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Terrorism: Ron Paul vs. Giuliani @ SC Debate
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Ron Paul explains the damage that an interventionist policy can have when it comes to violent blowback. Giuliani throws a fit. See the transcript at ironpaul.com
UPDATE 1: Spectator UK coverage of Ron Paul's influence in Australian politics
Being a true liberal — today the term libertarian better reflects this position — means that you are often embattled by both the Right and Left establishment (intrusive government is a blight long nurtured by both sides of mainstream politics)...This resurgence of libertarianism among Republicans owes much to Ron Paul.
September 21, 2013
This resurgence of libertarianism among Republicans owes much to Ron Paul. The retired Texas congressman’s steadfast philosophy was marginalised for decades, but paved the way not just for his son Rand Paul (Republican Senator from Kentucky, and 2016 presidential hope for liberty-minded Americans), but a growing cadre of other libertarians.
Leyonhjelm acknowledges the influence or Ron Paul on Liberal Democratic policy. Indeed, when the senator-elect speaks — ‘There are two guiding principles that determine our approach to legislation: We would never vote for an increase in taxes and we would never vote for a reduction in liberty’ — you can hear the spirit of freedom channelled not just from Paul, but from centuries of liberal thought. All too often Australia’s Liberal party loses sight of this original mandate. ‘The political middle ground is now left of where it once was’, Leyonhjelm tells me. ‘We have to shame the Liberal party into moving in our direction.’ And while aware he is now just ‘one voice’ in the senate, the Liberal Democrat’s ‘aspiration’ is that his will be ‘the first of many’.
Just as the once solitary figure of Ron Paul paved the way for what is now the only alternative in American politics, David Leyonhjelm may well spark a libertarian renaissance here. This is the real significance of his election to the senate. As George Washington once recognised, ‘Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.’