The Tao of Ron Paul

By Jeffrey L. Bryan,

Long before Mises and Rothbard, Lao-Tzu introduced libertarian ideas to China with the Tao Te Ching. Selections from that ancient book of philosophy illustrate the wisdom that would shape American policy under the administration of President Ron Paul.

From Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching: "In the highest antiquity, the people did not know that there were rulers. In the next age they loved them and praised them. In the next they feared them; in the next they despised them."

Since 9/11, George W. Bush has run the gamut. Just after 9/11, he was loved and praised (by a country desperate for leadership); later he was feared (by Americans concerned about tyranny, not to mention the people of Iraq); and today he is despised by most of the world and the majority of his country. Lao-Tzu describes this process of degeneration over vast ages of history – for Dubya, it took about three or four years.

Chapter 17 continues: "How irresolute did those (earliest rulers) appear, showing (by their reticence) the importance which they set upon their words! Their work was done and their undertakings were successful, while the people all said, 'We are as we are, of ourselves!'"

Ron Paul believes in liberty, letting people be as they are. One consequence of liberty is the free market, in which every individual is permitted to make his or her own choices. Free people will find better solutions than even a "beloved" ruler can impose, and Congressman Paul knows it. Every vote he casts in Congress proves the depth of his belief in this principle. (read more)