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Politics Is Not The Path To Freedom: Ron Paul On The Future.

Daily Bell: Is the US, like Rome, doomed to fall or can the pre-Civil War laissez faire republic be brought back?

Ron Paul: I work on the assumption that you can save the republic and it can come back but not in a conventional way. Although I’m involved in political activity, in trying to help people get elected and stay involved, I do not believe the republic is going to be saved by electing two or three or ten more members of Congress who are very sincere about doing the right things. I think it’s good. I think it’s beneficial only in providing answers for the long term.

So I see the republic and our liberties being much further undermined – because they are constantly being undermined. If you think of what’s happened since 9/11, our liberties have been taken away constantly and I think that’s going to get much, much worse and we’re going to have a lot more violence, not only around the world but here at home and the economic problems are going to get much worse. And indeed, our liberties and our republic will be threatened and in many ways we don’t have the fundamentals at all anymore.

So I’m for legalizing all freedom that does not initiate violence against another person.

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I challenge you to come up with a better headline.

Ron Paul says something much better than what you've got. He talks about the success of education.

What you've done is trim his words into a frame that emphasises the inadequacies of Politics--a negative thing--over the positive successes of education. You know for yourself that this is inadequate, because you've read it for yourself. Are you so pessimistic or lazy or deceptive or ignorant (which I'm sure you're not) that you have to use a headline crafted by LewRockwell.com, who've got their own ideas at play? Think for yourself! If you're well and truly awake, I'm sure that you can fashion a headline of your own that appreciates Dr Paul's words much better.

Can you? Will you?

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

Come on, man--

Change the headline!

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

Any Audio or Video for this interview?

What's the source for this?

"To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world."

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Dr. Ron Paul is right on,

Dr. Ron Paul is right on, IMO.

Although I'm also aware that this makes the exercise all the more difficult for those of us who truly value liberty and freedoms.

For, politics has always been one of the surest short term ways to bend, distort, and eventually grab power for whatever self-serving agenda, precisely.

Then, power corrupts almost everybody, but the finest of the finest, if any ever.

Because he wasn't interested in power no more than in politics besides reaching out more broadly to his fellow americans, it was natural he made the opposite bet 40 years ago:

quietly go back to educate the people non-forcefully (voting "no" on everything wrong was a no brainer) - thus do so, by focusing only on the root causes of their freedoms vanishing.

It's a much longer, more demanding, braver shot to make.

Which in turn will also make his posterity UNIQUE.

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


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

only you wrote this entire post in response to a false headline

if you read the actual interview, he did not even infer this.

What he did say is that politics (getting people in congress) is not the only thing that will restore the republic.

You have the original poster to blame for this. And the moderators for refusing to address it.



kind people rock

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Well, indeed, I commented on what I know of his own record, primarily, with hints from this post.

Still, it's not too difficult to assess that Dr. Ron Paul saw early that if ever necessary, politics is by no means sufficient to influence a society, especially when that one has been oriented in the wrong direction.

It's still a useful post, IMO, even if slightly biased for once because the case is made for politics more often than not, vs. the attention to knowledge and foresight, much more seldom, IMO.

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


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

ChristianAnarchist's picture

Ron Paul... Always the

Ron Paul... Always the brightest bulb in the room...

Beware the cult of "government"...

Now is a good time to educate

Now is a good time to educate ourselves on the definition of politics!
I have never actually looked the word itself up until right now. So here are some definitions, starting with Websters' 1828:

"POL'ITICS, n. The science of government; that part of ethics which consists in the regulation and government of a nation or state, for the preservation of its safety, peace and prosperity; comprehending the defense of its existence and rights against foreign control or conquest, the augmentation of its strength and resources, and the protection of its citizens in their rights, with the preservation and improvement of their morals. Politics, as a science or an art, is a subject of vast extent and importance."

Merriam Webster:

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈpä-lə-ˌtiks\

: activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government

: the work or job of people (such as elected officials) who are part of a government

: the opinions that someone has about what should be done by governments : a person's political thoughts and opinions
Full Definition of POLITICS
a : the art or science of government
b : the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy
c : the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government
: political actions, practices, or policies
a : political affairs or business; especially : competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)
b : political life especially as a principal activity or profession
c : political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices
: the political opinions or sympathies of a person
a : the total complex of relations between people living in society
b : relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view
Origin of POLITICS
Greek politika, from neuter plural of politikos political
First Known Use: circa 1529"



:noun, ( used with a singular or plural verb)
the science or art of political government.
the practice or profession of conducting political affairs.
political affairs:
The advocated reforms have become embroiled in politics.
political methods or maneuvers:
We could not approve of his politics in winning passage of the bill.
political principles or opinions:
We avoided discussion of religion and politics. His politics are his own affair.
use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.
(initial capital letter, italics) a treatise (4th century b.c.) by Aristotle, dealing with the structure, organization, and administration of the state, especially the city-state as known in ancient Greece.
play politics,

to engage in political intrigue, take advantage of a political situation or issue, resort to partisan politics, etc.; exploit a political system or political relationships.
to deal with people in an opportunistic, manipulative, or devious way, as for job advancement."


The definitition of politics?

Poly - more than one

Ticks - blood sucking parasites

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!


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And in "Lab 257", they make even more ticks!

With Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Dutch duck disease, and the disease that made the lobsters on Long Island sound economically unviable.

Yes, a continuing play on words, but there's truth in humor; unfortunately the truth is nowhere near humorous, as Nazi scientists from Project Paperclip are involved.

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You, sir,

get a vote up.

Thanks, Stonewall :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

How about this headline

Ron Paul on Future: Restoring Republic more than just electing Congress

"not the path to freedom" is something not stated, not insinuated, not headlined at dailybeast, and certainly not remotely believed by Dr. Paul by his own interview.


how about getting the sources right for starters?



What if Liberty took over Law Enforcement?

From several DP postings the past few days, I keep thinking that RP people taking over the TSA and all law enforcement would be more useful, productive, and beneficial than political office. The LEOs then will know how to act and can teach EVERYONE while on the job.


+1, I hope people read the

+1, I hope people read the whole article. DP headlines are so often incorrect.


He basically just said we should all become influential and effective in our spheres of interest. Education, economics, politics. There was nothing really new or surprising, just more good old common sense from Ron Paul.

nice alarmist headline

putting words in his mouth.

That title

came from Lew Rockwell's site. They are not my words.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/ 2014/06/anthony-wile/politics-is-not-the-path-to-freedom/

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

so are you going to change it, or not?



not at this time. Because:

I somewhat agree with that title. Politicians/politics will not gain us freedom. Only WE can do that by exorcising our natural-born/God-given rights.

Morality can not be legislated. But in order for this country to return to principles and freedom, it must first return to a moral people.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Not relevant

It is not relevant what statement you believe. What is important is if the headline portrays Ron's statement.

If you were consistent you would recognize that this is the type behavior that causes problems we see in media today.

Also the mods around here should be held to a higher standard. But please don't leave it up to them to make that correction.

I agree with the title.

Freedom is the result of each of us being able to self-govern, not the result of playing politics.

Politicians are hell bent on "exhorcising our

natural-born/God-given rights", except as may apply to themselves.

We, on the other hand must exercise "our natural-born/God-given rights". http://www.dailypaul.com/320806/you-watch-those-nature-docum...

Sorry, PAF. I couldn't resist the temptation. Couldn't agree more. Morality cannot be legislated. The breakdown of the strong family unit was the beginning of the end, imo. It all went downhill from there.

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


Thanks, Nonna :-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

Politics is more than winning


I love that show :-)

Let me think on it for a while. If the mods here want to change it before I make a decision, they are more than welcome to do so ;-)

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

the mods

at lewrockwell.com are not infallible, it seems.

nobody is infallible

i would think you'd know that.