4 Responses to “Ron Paul’s Chip Off the Old Block”

  1. 1 Jim
    January 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah, Carroll, I’m bad. The original post proved the subtlety of this sarcasm, so I was DEPENDING on some confusion this time. (dang. hardly got any notice though – original hit big) People need to think a little about what the Pauls are really advocating – a destruction of secular government to prepare for a Reconstructionist / Dominionist theocracy.

    The first post was followed by Poe’s Law was incomplete – Stone’s Law is absolute, explaining all. That includes the resulting disbelief of the folks who cannot imagine my corrections. I had originally thought that the closing gratitude and Postscript would have led folks to notice that (as you describe) such statements as “The second business will surely prosper in comparison to the first” are absurd. There is truly no depth too low for the True Believer.

    Jim One & sekanblogger, it is my contention that the ‘needed changes’ are as carefully crafted as Ron Paul’s “Outreach to Rednecks”. That some of those changes are things which many of us support must not obscure the character and real intent of the messenger.

  2. December 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Well, Jim, unless you are writing tongue-in-cheek again, I can’t agree. The free enterprise system did little or nothing to correct racial imbalances in this country. It operated for a century after the civil war and made little difference in the economic conditions of minorities in this country, at least that is the way it looked to me growing up in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. I admit, the Civil Rights Act has not had the profound effect that many hoped. One reason that the free enterprise system did not help achieve equal opportunity in the economic sphere is that in that system, money itself is power. Businesses that were white only suffered very little in negative consequences because blacks had a proportionally tiny share of the wealth. And black businesses could not prosper proportionally to white businesses because their market was tiny. The system, when infected with such a massive imbalance, tends to perpetuate the imbalance, like a physical system that is out of stable equilibrium: to far out and the instability just grows more severe until it falls over. The same imbalance is occurring right now as the economy has vastly shifted to the control of the very rich: they are now in position to take permanent and complete control of the economy, just as whites used to be in complete control of the economy. In other words, the current so-called free market economy – if it is one – makes everyone into niggers (to use the n word in what I think is an appropriate sense).
    I do share some sympathy with the libertarian ideal, but less and less. The free enterprise system seems to me to have exposed itself as a villain, rather than as a hero. If anything, an unregulated economy, a semi-regulated economy, inclines me toward socialism.

  3. December 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I was for a time enamored of the Libertarian philosophy, but no more. Libertarianism is proposed as simplistic solutions to a complex set of problems. Ergo, a mismatch. Nevertheless, I agree with sekanblogger that some of Paul’s notions are “needed changes”, not least of which is to eschew nation-building as foreign policy.

  4. December 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

    If nothing else, hopefully Ron (and Rand) have influenced today’s politics enough to help bring about some badly needed changes.

    I find it ironic that many of their views have been championed for years by Noam Chomsky. Of course, conservatives consider Noam nothing less that treasonous. Now that Noam’s ideas come to us through a Republican primary, suddenly they are damned American and revolutionary in a good sense.
    Strange twist huh?

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