October 24, 2011

Ron Paul, interviewed by William F. Buckley in 1988.



"The libertarian movement has come of age. We've been around for 15 years, and I think we're going to have a real impact...."

Via a reader who wanted me to know — after this — that Ron Paul's eyebrows are real.

And, by the way, I liked Ron Paul on yesterday's Meet the Press.

12 comments:

Joe said...

(The Uncredentialed, Crypto Jew)


So if “libertarianism” has come of age how come crazy Uncle Ron is a REPUBLICAN, again and why did the Green party get more votes?

Scott M said...

Libertarianism will require a more mature, more serious population in order to work, same as with the more utopian strains of leftist ideology. Once we get to a place where I can put chocolate pudding packets in the fridge at work and expect them to stay uneaten all week, we'll be in a place where both might work.

Until such time, human nature is just a bitch, ain't it?

Bob Ellison said...

The NBC affiliate in Philadelphia has been teasing this show for several days now.

Makes me think of Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, etc. Serious journalists know it's silly to bother with this stuff, but they do it anyway. What are the motivations of those journalists?

Quayle said...

Kookie. Just plain kookie.

And probably right on about 80% of his claims of unconstitutionality.

t-man said...

I voted for Paul in the 1988 Presidential election (I just couldn't bear to pull the lever for Bush), but shortly thereafter, I cam to the same conclusion as Scott M - Libertarianism as a political movement is utopian.

EDH said...

There was something funky going on with Ron Paul's right eyebrow even in 1988.

Those Libertarians never change with the times.

Joe said...

(The Uncredentialed, Crypto Jew)


Think of l/Libertarians as the “Anti-Marxists” the political ideology of Positrons. They are JUST LIKE Marxists, in Mass, Spin, and the like only they carry the EXACT opposite political/electrical charge. They are the Marxist Anti-Particle. They come in many variants, just like Marxists, and are just as annoying, smug, and theoretical like Marxists, only rather than “Social Justice” they believe in the “Marketplace.”

edutcher said...

Unfortunately, Ron Paul is a mainstream Libertarian, while Neal Boortz is more of a rebel, supporting stuff like the War on Terror. Fact is, many Libertarians come down as much with the Lefties, if not more often, than with the Conservatives.

I think it's always going to be tough for a political movement based on the philosophy of Ayn Rand to take hold with the bulk of people in this country.

Too damned many of those Christers.

sorepaw said...

I think it's always going to be tough for a political movement based on the philosophy of Ayn Rand to take hold with the bulk of people in this country.

Too damned many of those Christers.


Ron Paul is a fervent Christian.

sorepaw said...

It's hard to know what's going to happen with libertarianism.

Though there's plenty of it in the Tea Party movement...

The Libertarian Party, on the other hand, has never gone anywhere.

Sixty Grit said...

Libertarians got high then totally spaced on the organizing part. Whoa, dude man, that's like heavy...

NotquiteunBuckley said...

"before we hit-and-run J. Edgar Hoover so abruptly..." was a nice line, among many.

It is a discredit to Paul when he claims the need to abolish the CIA because it's doing a poor job when his alternative, the military controlling all intelligence gathering (he wanted the FBI gone too amongst lots of other things) has no guarantee to be better. Buckley tries to engage this point over and over yet Paul keeps saying the same thing, which isn't a comprehensive response and seemingly serves no point.

Yet in hindsight, so much more is known than in 1988 about CIA claims being political and wrong. Paul was prescient and courageous in certain ways.

And we are $15 trillion in debt, which would have NEVER happened had only a few of Paul's pronouncements been more than an exercise in didactic fund raising.

wv presh: Ron Paul wants to cutback on the quantity of letters used by America, so now 'pressure' will be 'presh.'