Ron Paul’s Principle of Personal Responsibility: A Critique

5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves. –from The Ten Principles of a Free Society Part of the reason I began critiquing Ron Paul’s Ten Principles of a Free Society a couple of years ago was my curiosity about whether they really were essential to […]

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What Is Ron Paul’s Notion of Justice?

To understand Paul’s third principle for a free society (“Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments”), it would be helpful to understand his theory of justice. One thing seems absolutely certain: it isn’t the same as John Rawls’ theory. In fact, without […]

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Is Ron Paul’s Principle of “Voluntary Associations” Racist Code?

2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order. –from The Ten Principles of a Free Society I mentioned in the first of this series that Tea Party and post-Democrat leftist favorite Ron Paul long ago left a trail of basely racist remarks as […]

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A Critique of Ron Paul’s Ten Principles of a Free Society: Natural Rights?

My first encounter with the idea/s of Ron Paul came more than a decade ago on a long-defunct Website, I’m sad to say, the name of which I don’t recall. It was a repository of intelligence about some of the more bizarre beliefs of prominent right-wingers. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson were particularly favorite targets. […]

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Is Private Property in America Ever Justly Acquired?

Back to the critique of Ron Paul’s libertarian principles that I began with this post. We’re onto principle number 3: 3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments. –from The Ten Principles of a Free Society [Aside: There’s that word “voluntary” with […]

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Gun Rights of the Mentally Ill: “Rights Belong to Individuals, Not Groups”

I imagine Ron Paul and his fans would have read this front page story in today’s New York Times with a very different reaction (not to mention, frame of reference) from mine: Across the country, states are increasingly allowing people like Mr. French, who lost their firearm rights because of mental illness, to petition to […]

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Memo to Rand Paul: Condescension Won’t Win You the Hearts of the “Rest of America”

From the Huffington Post: At a sold-out New Hampshire Republican Party dinner Monday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) encouraged the room of GOP supporters to embrace diversity and outreach if they want to take the White House in 2016, the Courier-Journal in Louisville reports. “We need to be like the rest of America,” Paul said. […]

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#OWS Economics: Ron Paul on Wealth and Privileges

4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group. –from The Ten Principles of a Free Society Continuing my gradual critique of Ron Paul’s Ten Principles, the next in line is relevant to what I’ve been talking a lot about these past few weeks, the great impetus behind […]

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Ron Paul Reveals More About His Notion of Freedom

The most notorious moment in the Republican presidential debate the other night revealed something about Ron Paul the “liberty” candidate’s idea of what freedom actually means to him. Clearly some vociferous audience members, presumably members of the Tea Party, think they define it similarly, but I don’t think all Americans do or would.

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Is Government Property Always Unjust?

I want to spend a little more time on the notion in Paul’s third principle that “justly acquired property” is “privately owned,” which implies that government (or public) property can only be unjustly acquired. I suspect the primary libertarian principle at work here is “taxation is theft,” a right-wing perversion (or theft, if you will) […]

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