Scenes from the Ron Paul Revolution

Reason
by Brian Doherty

01/03/08

If news is the unexpected, Ron Paul’s rise was the news of the presidential campaign last fall. But Paul himself is not news. He’s been pushing his libertarian values, derived from his love of the U.S. Constitution and the Austrian school of free market economics, through all of his 10 terms in Congress and in between. (He has served in Congress three times: from 1976 to 1977, from 1979 to 1983, and from 1997 to the present. He ran for president as a Libertarian in 1988.) What’s news is the self-styled Ron Paul Revolution — his mass of self-coordinating supporters. The candidate’s critics invented the term ‘Paulistas’ to mock those supporters as wild-eyed radicals. Many of them then claimed the word for themselves, adopting it as a badge of honor. Four years ago, Howard Dean’s Democratic campaign offered an earlier example of a grassroots mass movement that came pretty much from nowhere, beholden to no power structure, decentralized in how it got information and in how it organized itself to act. But the Ron Paul Revolution adds a twist: This movement is passionately dedicated to a smaller, less activist government...

http://www.reason.com/news/show/123905.html



Why Ron Paul matters

Liberty For All
by Roderick T. Beaman
01/03/08

Over the years, there have been numerous assertions that the political landscapes had changed or that the debates had been redefined by some event. Landscapes have changed over the years, especially with deaths or disasters like 9/11 but I really don’t recall anyone or thing that has redefined the political debates until now. Ron Paul, through simple persistence, has focused on The Constitution of the United States...

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=1106


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