Comment: I think there are several factors

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I think there are several factors

But I will mention only one.

Ron Paul's weakness is that he didn't study Ayn Rand more closely. Therefore, he ended up with a) "natuaral individual rights come from god or nature;" b) "do what you want to do." Should RP studied Any Rand in depth, he would preached that individual liberty comes from REASON and "do what you want to do" would not suffice - half reason and half unreason (feelings, blind belief, parroting) is evil. If RP took such a rational moral stance, no populists would had joined the movement.