Ron Paul’s phony populism. When you talk too much for Twitter. Adam Curtis Blog: THE CURSE OF TINA. The guiding idea at the heart of today's political system is freedom of choice.
The belief that if you apply the ideals of the free market to all sorts of areas in society, people will be liberated from the dead hand of government. The wants and desires of individuals then become the primary motor of society. But this has led to a very peculiar paradox. In politics today we have no choice at all. Quite simply There Is No Alternative. That was fine when the system was working well. Nobody - not just from the left, but from anywhere - has come forward and tried to grab the public imagination with a vision of a different way to organise and manage society.
It's a bit odd - and I thought I would tell a number of stories about why we find it impossible to imagine any alternative. The first story is called: It is about the rise of the modern Think Tank and how in a very strange way they have made thinking impossible. But behind the IPN is the door to a forgotten history. Here they are thinking: The Think-Tank Archipelago: Adam Curtis On How Libertarian Think-Tanks Crippled Thinking. Adam Curtis has just posted a must-read blog that tries to answer the big political dead-end we face today: Why can’t we think up any new ideas besides the failed libertarian free-market ideology that brought us to ruin?
Curtis’ answer: We’re all prisoners of the Libertarian Think-Tank Archipelago. Curtis argues that the reason we can’t think of any ideas is because free-market think-tanks have perverted and strangled ideological thinking–both in Britain, whose free-market think-tanks were essentially set up by one of America’s Founding Fathers of libertarianism, FA Harper–and in America, where the free-market think-tank archipelago has done a fantastic job of transforming the political imagination into something like Amway salesmanship. Above it all stands the Amway Master Salesman, Friedrich von Hayek, author of Glenn Beck’s favorite book, The Road To Serfdom. Naturally, Maj. Smedley was acquitted of the murder. Click here to read and watch Curtis’s blog post. Want us to stick around?
Category:Libertarian think tanks. 33 Libertarian Organizations: Think Tanks. This article is from the Libertarian FAQ, by Joe Dehn email@example.com, Robert Bickford rab.AT.daft.com, Mike Huben firstname.lastname@example.org and Advocates for Self-Government with numerous contributions by others.
American Enterprise Institute 1150 17th St., NW Washington, DC 20036 202-862-5800 Private research organization dedicated to preserving and improving open and competitive private enterprise, limited and public spirited government, and strong and well-managed defense and foreign policies. Apparently owns a net address, but always refuses HTTP connections to same (aei.org). Cascade Policy Institute (See entry under Free Market.) Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE Washington, DC 20002-4999 202-546-4400 Email: info.AT.heritage.org Web Page: Public policy research institute designed to make the voices of "responsible conservatism" heard. Some research of interest to libertarians, but be careful of religious-conservative bias. Continue to: Critiques Of Libertarianism. The women-hating rage of the Republican right. As soon as I saw the video, I knew it was destined to be played on an endless loop on the news networks.
A couple of Rand Paul supporters outside a debate between Paul and his opponent for Kentucky senate, Jack Conway, pinned a MoveOn.org activist to a curb with deliberation before one of them stomped on her head, luckily with enough ineptness that the victim was left only with a minor concussion. It was a shocking example of inchoate rightwing rage turned to violence, displayed in a way that Americans associate solely with white supremacists. But it was more than that. The entire incident had a whiff of not just election rage, but of gendered violence. Large men stripping a wig off a slight, unarmed woman and pinning her to the ground? There are many beliefs that propel rightwing rage, but anti-feminism is one of the few that manages to inspire so much violence. The Paul campaign is a natural home for anyone who harbours resentments about women's changing roles in society. Ron Paul: Libertarian, Except When It Comes to Women's Rights.
Ron Paul Hates You. THE RON PAUL EXPERIENCE - A Diary Series Let's have a look at some of the many, many issues on which Ron Paul places himself squarely in opposition to me and, presumably, you: Abortion: Ron Paul's "libertarianism" famously does not extend to the right of a woman to control her body.
In February he introduced H.R. 1094, "[t]o provide that human life shall be deemed to exist from conception. " He voted against overriding Bush's veto of the stem cell bill. Ron Paul: The Radical Right's Man in Washington. THE RON PAUL EXPERIENCE - A Diary Series In 1996, presidential candidate Pat Buchanan got in hot water when the Center for Public Integrity revealed connections between Buchanan's campaign co-chairman Larry Pratt and Pastor Pete Peters, a leader of the white supremacist Christian Identity movement.
Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, had been a frequent guest at meetings and on radio and television programs hosted by Peters, who inveighed against "Talmudic filth" as Pratt looked on. Ron Paul, In His Own Words. THE RON PAUL EXPERIENCE - A Diary Series After his 1979-85 service in Congress as a Republican and his 1988 campaign for the presidency as the nominee of the Libertarian Party, Ron Paul returned home to Surfside, Texas and devoted himself to a variety of pursuits, one of which was his self-published newsletter, The Ron Paul Political Report.
Founded in 1985, the eight-page newsletter featured Paul's extreme libertarian perspective on a number of different issues, notably crackpot theories about the Federal Reserve and the money system and a tireless advocacy of a return to the gold standard—a longtime Ron Paul hobby horse. The Ron Paul Political Report would come to feature in the stable of "underground" publications and photocopied "zines" that fed the nascent "patriot movement" that arose in the early 1990s, spurred by anger over federal government actions in Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and by fear of a supposed "New World Order. " The Daily Link!: Ron Paul: Racist, Misogynist? [Totally Paul-ly Here it is, a collection of some of Paul's "greatest" quotes, taken from seven of his monthly political newsletters written between 1990 and 1994.
Because of the incredibly politically incorrect content, Morris asked Paul to release all past copies of the Ron Paul Survival Report to the media, going back to the newsletter's origin in 1986. Paul promised to do so, but never did. Ron Paul Addresses John Birch Society. Dr.
Ron Paul, Texas congressman and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, was the featured speaker Saturday evening, October 4 on the final day of the John Birch Society's 50th Anniversary Celebration. The topic of his keynote address was "Restoring the Republic: Lessons From a Presidential Campaign," in which he lectured the audience on how our republic can be restored with groups such as the John Birch Society (JBS) and his own Campaign for Liberty leading the way. During his introduction, JBS President John McManus explained that Dr. Paul was known as "Dr. No" on Capitol Hill because he had voted against so much unconstitutional legislation over the years. Dr. Dr. In reviewing his 2008 presidential campaign, Dr. Not only were Dr. Throughout his speech, Dr. As the eldest presidential candidate, Dr. Being a Fed gadfly, it was not surprising that Dr. Dr. Ron Paul's Racist Quotes. The Ron Paul Campaign and its Neo-Nazi Supporters.
When KKK leader David Duke switched parties to run for Louisiana governor as a Republican in 1991, then-President George H W Bush responded sharply, saying, "When someone asserts the Holocaust never took place, then I don't believe that person ever deserves one iota of public trust.
When someone has so recently endorsed Nazism, it is inconceivable that someone can reasonably aspire to a leadership role in a free society. " Ron Paul is different. Ron Paul rally - Keith Dunn of John Birch Society. Big Lies: What If We Privatize Everything? Big Lies: Free Market Economics You hear a lot of noise these days from self-styled “libertarians” and right-wingers about how great the “free market” is.
Ron Paul fans, in particular, just love to throw around phrases like “Austrian School” as though they are actually economists who understand the intricate arguments involved in various economic theories and on what bases one might accept or reject those theories. Some have even suggested that all functions of government should be privatized. Let corporations build roads for profit, rather than collecting taxes and having the government handle it. So let’s take that example, and compare it to a similar infrastructure network that is currently privatized: broadband internet.
The US currently lags behind much of the rest of the modern world in internet accessibility. Why is this? Simply put: there’s no profit in it. After all, building a cell tower or laying a few hundred miles of fiber optic line is not cheap. Roads Are Networks. Angry White Man. If you are a critic of the Bush administration, chances are that, at some point over the past six months, Ron Paul has said something that appealed to you. Paul describes himself as a libertarian, but, since his presidential campaign took off earlier this year, the Republican congressman has attracted donations and plaudits from across the ideological spectrum.
Ron Paul Lags in Polls, but He Has a Private Jet - Rodney Hawkins - Politics. SPENCER, Iowa - Ron Paul has turned jet-setter. On what was planned as a three-stop tour of Iowa Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate who has made fiscal conservatism his hallmark missed his first event because of problems with his private leased jet. According to an aide, the Texas congressman had to commandeer a new jet and pilot to continue on. Paul, whose "money-bomb" donation drives and devoted followers have made him the third-most successful fundraiser in the presidential field (behind President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney) as of June 30, even though he lags in the polls, addressed the audience at his first event, in Council Bluffs, by phone. Noam Chomsky on Ron Paul's 9/11 Theories: "What He Said Is Completely Uncontroversial"