February 6, 2012 by galudwig
Apparently this is at least a month old already, but I hadn’t seen it before and thought I’d share it with you guys.
Here’s a great rundown of Ron Paul’s uniquely consistent defense of civil liberties. Seeing him in his LP-phase with all that energy kind of makes me wish I was old enough back then to have been into politics and economics. It is kind of strange to think that, not that long ago, the likes of Rothbard, Hayek, Read and Friedman were still alive and kicking. Somehow, they seem very far removed from today and their reading their books often feels like reading remnants of a bygone era (even though socialism and interventionism was arguably even more in vogue back then then it is now!). Talking about this reminds me of a video I saw of a Walter Block lecture, in which he claimed that he was probably one of the only people alive today who has actually shook Ludwig von Mises’ hand. And as if that wasn’t enough, he’s also been in the same room as Ayn Rand, debated Nathaniel Branden and was one of Murray Rothbard’s closest companions! Now, there are a lot of great people out there today who are defending the cause of individual liberty any way they can, and the dissemination of libertarian ideas has become many times easier with the Internet, but part of me does long for a time when true heroes used to roam the face of the earth. Anyway, I’m probably being overly melancholic, enough of this musing and here’s the video:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72-ZUTTwAlM]
And, to keep with the Ron Paul theme, here’s one that dates from Paul’s previous run for the presidency, in which he answered ten questions from Reddit users. Of course a lot of people in the comments are focusing on his stance on evolution and would rather have him be some kind of atheist crusader (and, truth be told, I’d prefer it too if he were an atheist, though not a crusader) but the fact remains that a politician’s personal ideas about religion and what causes evolutionary changes should have no impact whatsoever on political or economic policy. All in all, I found this tete-a-tete with Reddit a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by quick soundbytes. Ron Paul, Internet Superhero![youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKAaps6mFYk]