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The Rise of 'Ron PaulS,' OUTSIDE of America, Part 2: Spectator UK Edition - Sept. 21, 2013

Spectator UK coverage of Ron Paul's influence in Australian politics

In praise of Australia's Liberal Democrats
Far from being dismissed, David Leyonhjelm may spark a genuine libertarian renaissance

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.

Dean Bertram
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.’

H/T: LewRockwell.com

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Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

any Aussie r3VOL here?

DZDownUnder, perhaps?

if so, are these guys legit? Is there a palpable shift in politics toward more libertarianism among Australian 'conservative' circles, or are they more politically opportune than truly principally philosophic?

though, the fact that Day mentioned "Austrian econ," and how both Day and Leyonhjelm are bizmen with real world experiences,

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.

even as an outsider observing (granted I haven't researched them deeper than the few articles I've cited so far), I'm leaning more toward the legit side...

please let me know, if they're not, and if you'd like to inform us further on these two and wider political realignment going on in Australia. thanks.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Aussies already recognize

Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul's contribution to modern philosophy and its derivative political developments; yeah, yeah, rhetorical, but STILL: whereTF's the American MSM on this??

Big ups to awakening Aussies!

Welcome, to the r3VOLution!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul