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Thanks Michael!

Your kind words really mean a lot to me, I'm glad I could help.

I felt that somebody had to address all the absolute nonsense being spouted about Mr. Bauman.

While the thread did get a net positive response in it's upvotes, it still terrifies me that so many people here could be so irrational and so callous.

As for Ron Paul's statement that he is not an Anarcho-Capitalist, here's my take on it.

In the past he has said that he is a philosophical voluntarist, and that he was fine with people who advocated for self-government.

He has even written about private policing and defense.

I think he largely agrees with Anarcho-Capitalists, but he does not advocate for Anarcho-Capitalism because he does not think it is an attainable goal right now.

He definitely agrees with the moral argument, but I think he advocates for minimal government as a matter of practicality.

Even though Dr. Paul advocates for limited constitutional government, he is responsible for converting many people to Voluntarism/Anarcho-capitalism and is responsible for the current surge in the number of libertarian anarchists.

I look at him as the gateway drug to Rothbard.

I myself was sent down the path to Voluntarism by Dr. Paul's statements that taxation is theft and his mentions of the Non-Aggression Principle.

If we use the liberty train analogy, I think he would ride it all the way to the end if we could get there.

But, whether Ron Paul is a minarchist or anarchist doesn't really matter to me.

What matters is that he is a solid adherent of the Non-Aggression Principle.

I look at minarchists as my allies, at this point in time its more important that whether someone sees the State as a necessary evil or an unnecessary evil, that they see it as an evil.

I think Murray Rothbard put it best in his essay, 'Do You Hate The State?': http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard75.html

I think I rambled a little bit, but I hope I was able to answer your question.

Yes, LFJournal.com is my site, which I have badly neglected for some time.

You are certainly welcome, I listed it on the links because I felt this site along with Mises.org and Lewrockwell.com is one of the most important resources for libertarians online.

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard