Was the announcement that he’s running in 2016?
I strongly recommend that every American acquire some basic knowledge of economics, monetary policy, and the intersection of politics with the economy. No formal classroom is required; a desire to read and learn will suffice. There are countless important books to consider, but the following are an excellent starting point: The Law by Frédéric Bastiat; Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt; What has Government Done to our Money? by Murray Rothbard; The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek; and Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan.
If you simply read and comprehend these relatively short texts, you will know far more than most educated people about economics and government. You certainly will develop a far greater understanding of how supposedly benevolent government policies destroy prosperity. If you care about the future of this country, arm yourself with knowledge and fight back against economic ignorance. We disregard economics and history at our own peril.
Links to order mentioned texts
One of the Presidential candidates went crowd surfing in Salt Lake City, Utah last night & it wasn’t Obama or Romney.
The type of person who shouts down someone by chanting “Romney” is the probably the same type of person who secretly pays prostitutes to shit in their mouth
my presidential candidate of choice audits monolithic central banks
yours drone bombs Pakistani children on an almost weekly basis
get on my level yo
By the way, when I say cut taxes, I don’t mean fiddle with the code. I mean abolish the income tax and the IRS, and replace them with nothing.
Ron Paul (via aheram)
I’m off the Ron Paul bandwagon. The guy has done a lot of great work, and his heart is in the right place, hell I even agree with most of his policy, but it’s over. It was fun while it lasted, thinking we might have a libertarian president, but that hope is long gone, and I’m not going to sit around bitching about it for the next year. As of now I’m done talking about Ron Paul as anything more than a memory. I may quote him here or there, and I may talk about him as an inspirational glimmer of hope, but no more campaigning, no more discussing delegate counts, no more praising him as the patron saint of liberty. At the end of the day, me and him still disagree on a lot. I’m an anarchist, he isn’t and for an anarchist to go on and on about a politician seems silly.
So there it is, like it or not, to me Ron Paul is really just another philosopher now.
He didn’t change anything about his policy stances. He just held the party line by backing the person who, at this point, is as close to the definite candidate as you can get…
I never liked or wanted Rand Paul as President after I found out he voted for sanctioning Iran. I was iffy about him then and I distrust him now. Saying if I had to vote for Obama or Romney, I’m voting for Romney is kind of like saying “If I had to vote for goose turds or rat turds, I’m voting rat turds.” You’re still ending up with turds.
That being said….Judge Napolitano 2016!
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The Iran sanctions I won’t properly argue. That was dumb, but again, I think it was battle picking.
He didn’t endorse Romney because he likes him, like I said, it was party appeasement. I trust Rand Paul to make the hard stand when it’s absolutely necessary, I would be happy to see him become president, and I want him to do it. That may mean he has to do some less than flattering things like endorse Romney, but I’m okay with that.
Where the fuck do these people come from? Here we go.
Why I’m in:
- Drone strikes
- Deportation of “illegal” immigrants
- Guantanamo Bay
- Anwar al-Awlaki
- Raids on medical marijuana dispensaries
- Military force in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, …
But don’t worry guys. Obama has swag.
It’s almost amazing. These people are so bored with their lives that they have actually deluded themselves into living out a V for Vendetta fantasy.
Let’s answer this systematically
1. Works, and I don’t care
Works in what way? In the way that it kills who it’s supposed to kill? Because it certainly doesn’t do that. If you mean we kill some people that are bad sometimes, sure. Does that excuse killing innocent human beings? No ma’am it does not.
2. Does less than you think
Right, it just gives the president the power to turn off the bill of rights at will. Not a big deal.
3. Paranoia on your part
Paranoia? What kind of shitty excuse is that? He’s deported more than a million “illegals” That’s just fact.
4. Don’t care
You don’t care that he broke a campaign promise that was pretty key to his election? Never mind the fact that he made that promise in a year where he had a re-election campaign to consider four years later that might call back to his track record. I can’t imagine the amount of promise breaking a lame duck Obama will do.
5. There’s no way I could care less about this then I already do
You don’t care that American citizens can be assassinated extra-judicially? Actually…I’ll let this one go. If you don’t mind that citizens can be killed without trial, maybe we can arrange you being next.
6. Not the President’s fault i.e. you don’t understand how government works
The president may not have issued the order himself, but he sure as hell could have put policy in to place that would have stopped it. Barney Frank seems to think it’s a problem. I’m sure he just doesn’t understand how government works too.
7. All those countries are borderline insane, so again….wait for it….I don’t care
What does this even mean? How can an entire country be insane? Some how I feel like that’s an incredibly extreme generalization. I would assume you mean the governments, but the governments aren’t the ones being attacked in all but one of those cases.
Do you actually live in the real world?
Yes, we do, we just understand it slightly better than you seem to.
- Your professors generally don’t know what you’re talking about
- You realize that bathroom lines in stadiums are a result of prices being too low
- Being in line for anything makes you think of the Soviet Union
- You extend that analysis to include traffic jams
- You know the other person’s argument better than the other person
- You incorporate malinvestment into conversations
- You get paid, and feel it is utterly worthless because the currency didn’t originate in the market
- You can pick Stephan Kinsella, Jeffrey Tucker, Peter Klein and Joe Salerno out of a lineup
- You know Margit von Mises’ pet name for her husband
- You’re on mises.org at 2:30am
- You realise markets don’t fail, only governments do
- You start using terms like “time-preference” in everyday conversations
- You get annoyed when someone implies that the value of something is not subjective, as in “this house is selling below its true value.”
- You know what the words a priori, methodenstreit, and verstehen mean
- You tend to disagree with everyone in a conversation about politics or economics
- Ron Paul talks about something besides war and still makes sense to you
The model UN one hit close to home haha.
Also, no child is EVERY to young to learn about the Austrian business cycle.
Currently I’m in the competing currency camp. Reverting to the gold standard would have clear and crippling effects on the economy in the transition period, but at the same time, one PRIVATE (and I emphasize private) company having a monopoly on the issuing of currency in this country is just unacceptable to me.
In the mean time people could more or less barter with whatever they
A. saw as valuable and
B. thought worth the effort to transport.
Is it possible that in this new system the Dollar might prevail as a common and highly valuable currency? Absolutely, but when the Fed printed and things of the sort that amount to inflationary monetary policy, they would have to understand that another currency could knock theirs off the map if people viewed it as more stable and viable. This could be some other type of bill printed by a separate firm, or something that has intrinsic value like gold.
In the mean time, I think there are steps that could be taken to limit the negative influence of the fed. Things like auditing, and opening their doors, not only to the government, but to the people whose fortunes hang in the balance with their every decision.
Regardless of what happens with the Fed, the world is slowly learning that fiat currencies simply aren’t flying, and inflation is collapsing whole economies, and ours isn’t immune to it.
Thanks for the ask!
I’ll let you make your own assumption from this. It’s nothing damning, but it’s interesting. Nothing anyone here didn’t suspect, but the proof that the “powers that be” decide elections rather than the voting public is finally starting to surface and soon we may have hard proof.